IDC analyst optimistic about the growth of Windows Phones
The sales of Windows Phones have been below expectations, but Ramon Llamas, a senior research analyst at IDC, is hopeful that the mobile OS’ market share will gradually increase. Presently, Windows Phone 7 is far behind the market leaders, Samsung and Apple.
According to IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, the market share of Samsung almost doubled to 32.6 percent in the second quarter of 2012. In comparison, iPhone’s share decreased to 16.9 percent from 18.8 percent in the year ago quarter.
The market share of Nokia, which once occupied the top position, decreased to 6.6 percent with 10.2 million units shipped during the period. On a brighter note, Windows Phone 7’s market share increased by 23.5 percent in July in Europe. Ramon Llamas hopes that sales of Windows Phones will get a boost with the new edition, that is, Windows Phone 8. According to Ramon, Windows Phones are losing out to competition because customers and the sales staff at mobile stores are not that well versed with the features of Windows Phone 7.
About the fact that Windows Phone 7 handsets can’t be upgraded to Windows Phone 8, Ramon says that same is the case with Android and iOS upgrades. Some of the features of new versions of Android and iOS aren’t backward compatible with older devices.
[quote]The fact of the matter is that people started crying foul to Windows, but this is how technology goes forward.[/quote]