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The Windows Phone may be quietly becoming a real competitor to Android

over 3 years ago | From Quartz | Author: Leo Mirani

Something strange is happening in the world of smartphone sales. People are buying more and more Windows Phones. Having been written off as a delayed,failed bid by Microsoft to make its presence felt in mobile, with an app store that didn’t even offer Instagram (it does now), the phones made by Nokia, HTC and others with a version of the Windows operating system were hard to take seriously.

That’s not what ordinary shoppers thought. Numbers out this morning from market research firm Kantar Worldpanel show that more people than ever before are buying the phone, and not just in its traditional stronghold of Latin America. For the three months from August to October, the Windows phone’s share of smartphone sales doubled or more over the year prior in nearly every large European country, while also showing respectable gains in Australia and the United States. The only place its market share fell is in China...

       

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