Windows Phone shipments soar in Europe during Q1
Over in Europe, at least for the first quarter, Apple iPhone and Windows Phone shipments are going in the opposite direction. The number of Windows Phone handsets received in the continent during Q1 soared 73% to 1.9 million units year-over-year. Meanwhile, iPhone models in transit to Europe during the same time period actually declined by 10% to 6.3 million.
Android remains the leader in Europe and added to its lead with a 35% gain in shipments to 21 million during the first three months of the year. The entire category of smartphones saw a 12% rise from the 2012 first quarter. Overall, the economic situation in the region is not getting better which means that expensive models like the Apple iPhone are finding it harder to generate demand. If Apple is going to go ahead with a low-cost version of the iPhone, this would be the time to do so.