According to the recently released report of an analyst firm Canalys, the overall sales of Windows Phone is very less when compared to that of iOS and Android platforms.
The report is based on the figures of smartphone sales in 2011, which was a very bad year for Microsoft worldwide. In the year 2011, worldwide 6.8 million Windows Phone devices were shipped by Microsoft, for only a 1.4% market share. On the other hand, 237.8 million Android phones were shipped for a 48.8% market share, and 93.1 million iPhones were shipped for a 19.1% market share.
Whereas in the fourth quarter of 2011, the report found that 2.5 million Windows Phones were shipped, for a 1.6% market share, compared to 81.9 million Android phones for a 51.6% market share, and 37 million iPhones, for a 23.4% market share. The report also claims that Windows Phone sales declined in the fourth quarter of 2011 when compared to the fourth quarter of 2010 by 14%.
According to Canalys Senior Analyst Tim Shepherd, “The two problems that Microsoft has faced with Windows Phone 7 since its introduction are – an inability to build any buzz around the platform, and difficulty in getting developers to write apps for it.”
But there is some good hope for Microsoft with the introduction of Nokia Lumia devices as things seem to be starting to turn around for Windows Phone 7. Secondly, a number of analysts believe that Windows Phone 7 will have a breakout year in 2012.