Want to know where Windows Phone outsells the Apple iPhone? Check out this infographic

Last December, there were 24 countries on this planet where Windows Phone handsets outsold the Apple iPhone. Windows Phone did have a good 2013. Research firm Kantar called it the fastest growing mobile OS in the world. Of course, Windows Phone did start the year with a low base, which made it easier to show a huge percentage gain. For example, in the U.S., 2013 saw Microsoft's mobile OS rise 67% to hold a 5% market share in the stateside smartphone market.

What happened to the platform last year that gave Windows Phone some momentum? Early in the year, Microsoft and Nokia focused on the ability of Nokia's high-end Lumia models to take quality pictures in low-light conditions. Later in the year, Microsoft pushed out the GDR3 update for 2013 that allowed manufacturers to match the specs on high-end Android phones. Suddenly, larger screened models could be made with 1080 x 1920 resolution, powered by quad-core Snapdragon processors. And low end models like the Nokia Lumia 520 offered enough value at a low price, that they captured buyers in emerging markets.

With Windows Phone 8.1 about to be rolled out, 2014 could be another year of heady growth for the OS. If you're a fan of Windows Phone, or just interested in learning some new things about the platform, check out the inforgraphic on the right.

source: PocketGamer.biz via WMPoweruser



1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Not a problem for Apple, and Apple fans wouldn't mind (unlike most fans of other platforms). Good to see WP growing.

9. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Lol well because no one cares for the distant third when it comes to the compensation race. They just beat the shinking ship that is BB after 2 years so I don't know if that means they're sinking slower or actually floating. Only time will tell.

21. Sauce unregistered

No. Honestly, Apple fans don't care like he said. It's people like you who go night and day who can't stand other platforms succeed.

30. sgodsell

Posts: 7519; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

This is more propaganda. To cover up the fact that Nokia's smartphone sales dropped by 30% in Q1 2014.

31. Sauce unregistered

Whatever it is, it is an article, and an article at that. Yes, businesses succeed and business fail, but it's people like Finalflash who pop some 3 inch woodies over any negative Apple or WP news, hoping death upon the company every day of their life lol. It's funny watching these type of people comment on articles and continuously get trolled by people who honestly don't give a hoot.

44. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

That is a lie, Nokia smartphone sales did not fall by 30%. Nokia Phones in general fell by 30% which included smartphones and feature phones. Nokia even said that the decline was mainly due to the stark decline in feature phone sales, Apple and Samsung also fell, Nokia Lumia sales increased from 5.6 million in quarter 1 as Phonearena reported, only propaganda here is you. .

45. wolfsaviorzx unregistered

Apple and Apple Fans sure act like they care. Remember the Mac vs "PC" Commercials?

38. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

BlackBerry has nothing to do with this article, as they aren't mentioned anywhere in it, finalflash.

23. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I find it odd you say this....because when Android was at the absolute bottom....all you heard was Apple fans talk trash about Android. They wont last past [insert year here], it sucks, etc. It was the Win Mo fans that didnt mind their platform being leap frogged. And to this day Apple fans still cant accept Android outselling the iPhone. What planet are you from?

48. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

There were winmo fans?

51. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Touche...lol Yea there were a few of us. BB fans didnt mind either, Palm fans too.

27. Aboodbanafa

Posts: 27; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

Apple Fans would not mind you're right, but Apple developers at least they'll notice

2. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

"fastest growing in the world" well when you are coming from nothing... no surprises.

4. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

WP here because of Nokia. And that's true fact.

8. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

That is largely true but its also true that Android is here because of Samsung, HTC, Sony, LG and host of other phone manufacturers.

24. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

When you have a lot of different OEM's....thats the way it should be. Whats the incentive for companies doing WP phones to keep doing one? 2 platforms.....both have more than 1 OEM..... 1 is getting more popular, making gains with 1 OEM, the other with a handful..which do you think is the better scenario for OEMs?

54. Velda

Posts: 16; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

Only Samsung and maybe HTC. The others are not relevant. (I'm not fan of Samsung, nor of HTC)

56. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

If that really was the case....LG wouldnt have just reported record sales recently. Record sales from Android because they are almost invisible in WP land. And HTC is barely holding on. A small OEM that is going to be doing WP soon has good sales with Android. Its not only Samsung...unlike WP and Nokia...

25. sgodsell

Posts: 7519; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Here's some other facts HTC, Samsung, LG, and Dell all made WP devices at the beginning, even before Nokia made any WP devices, and before Microsoft started paying Nokia 250 million per quarter. Then Dell and LG pulled out after each making a few smart phones and losing lots of money, because no one was buying WP devices.

46. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Yes they all made WP from the beginning its obvious that the Licensing fee from an untested new OS was not worth it at the time, that does not mean the OS is not good, as a matter of fact user feedback, reviews, consumer satisfaction surveys are all very favorable towards the OS and it set the trend for all mobile platform going flat UI, that does not just sound like a good OS to me it sounds like a great one. Now that WP is free now you will see much old and new OEMs imbrace the platform, 9 new OEMs on top of those that had signed on before the OS was license free signed on for 8.1 and that's excluding Blu and Yeez who recently released low end WP if my memory serves me correct. Microsoft is shifting their business model from monetizing software to monetizing services and hardware. You focus on the past I focus on the future.

52. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

All thats fine...but if the major OEM's arent happy, satisfied...what does that say about WP as a platform. WP is Nokia only. Its kinda ironic that Nokia are the only ones doing well....and MS has immediate ties to Nokia. Is there any favoritism at play? Is MS doing things extra with, for Nokia thats helping them succeed? Its kinda wild Samsung is so popular with Android.....but almost invisible with WP. Is Samsung and other major OEMs just not putting the effort in WP? I would like to know if any of the questions I asked are true.

7. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Doesn't change the fact that it is the fastest growing, selling tens of Millions units YOY. Its pretty much like saying Android sells the most devices cause it has way more OEM's making boatlods of different Android devices hence flooding the market.

10. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

No Android sells because that many hundreds of millions want to buy it, lots of those same OEMs are making WP devices but people only buy ones with the Nokia name on them. The flooding = more sales theory (speculation really) is kind of getting stupid now.

16. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Hundereds of Millions of general consumers don't necessarily know its an Android smartphone, they Identify Galaxy S phones for eg as a Samsung Phone not a Android phone Google is even now making it madatory for its OEM's to say(powered by Android) when you turn them on. Many of these OEM's pushed Android because it was cheaper to manufacture than a WP. People do by other WP but unlike some OEMs who made both WP/Android but focused mainly on Android arguably because it was free, Nokia focused on WP and pushed the OS so it's only common sense that more people will buy them Now that WP is free just like Android and in many cases even cheaper to make than Android because of patent fees Android OEM's still has to pay MS you will see more OEM's low and highend pushing WP.

29. sgodsell

Posts: 7519; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You are only talking about how free or not free the OS's are. Did it ever occur to you that Android do more, and has a vast and diverse ecosystem. Two huge factors that help make a platform. Look at Apple. They certainly do not have the best hardware, and cannot do more then Android, but Apple has a vast and diverse ecosystem.

47. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

I talk about how free or not an OS is because to me because to me Open and Closed OS is not about one being better than the other it is about one being different than the other. Not everyone needs all the features that comes with Android some will feel its overload, some people just want a simple, smooth, consistent experience, closed OS tends to a better job at achieving those tasks, where as Android is a more feature filled OS the price you pay is it being more virus prone, pick your poison, 8.1 is very flexible feature wise but without the virus atmosphere that surrounds android.. Cmon now you Microsoft has a very vast and diverse eco system with some of the worlds best known brands, I do think they do more than Android but again its about both eco systems different not necessarily better.

17. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Maybe because those other OEM are making crap , Nokia was the only one making great hardware.. Samsung , have you looked at their WP offering ; ugly as hell and not really good hardware HTC as better but not at level with what Nokia was making.. Wee will see in 1y , without the fees and many OEM jumping into the WP boat..

32. sgodsell

Posts: 7519; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

How can OEMS screw up on the hardware. You have to choose from a specific set of Qualcomm CPUs, use a certain resolution display. They all have the same software an the exact same UI, granted OEMS can add a few of their own apps if they want. But the UI is the same for all WP devices. Only screen resolutions can add/remove another row of tiles.

33. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Exactly...WP has a specific set of hardware to choose from, like the iPhone.

35. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Correction.....Windows phone 8.1 can work with ANY android hardware.

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