- 01-01-2013, 12:48 PM #1
Source: Windows Phone fastest growing operating system of 2012 with 290% growth | WMPoweruser
Hard to say how accurate these numbers are but any growth is good. I'd love to see WP get to 10% by the end of the year. I think 8-10% and developers will start really taking an interest. Heck I'd love to see WP get as much growth as it can. Add your own thoughts, comments below.
01-01-2013, 02:05 PM #3
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Yeah, I have been using, after many years with Windows Mobile, WP since my Omnia 7; owned a Lumia 800 and then a Omnia W after the Nokia's screen broke and the new Samsung was cheaper than the repair, and now I own a HTC 8X with a two year contract... and if there's after this time period no real improvement in features and marked share, even I'll think hard about switching to Android.
...so, growth would be good. But after all, even 100000 times more of nothing is still nothing, this factor of 2.9 doesn't mean too much.
- 01-01-2013, 02:18 PM #6
We might see 10-15% at the end of 2014. It all depends on how well Microsoft can sustain the momentum, if they advertise and promote sufficiently and whether or not OEM's build compelling devices that people want to own, regardless of what OS they run. I think more than a few Lumia 920's were sold to people based on the design and features more than the OS.
We need to see more devices that don't look like Android phones or iPhones and that have innovative features you can't get on any Android or iPhone. That is just as key to bringing people over to the platform as anything they do with the OS. People buy PHONES not OS's. The right phone can inspire people to jump platforms. Making Windows Phone 8 the best it can be is what will keep them there and ensure that they buy another Windows Phone and recommend them to people they know instead of running back to iPhone or Android.
- 01-01-2013, 03:52 PM #9
How's about you tell us... Start by looking at the numbers provided. Then look at the market. Check out the gains Nokia has seen this quarter. You might even look at the growth of WPCentral while you are looking. If you put all that together does it equal momentum? I guess if you want to hold out for sales numbers then you will have to wait another month for an answer. What if next month Nokia reports they have sold 5 million Lumia devices will that be enough to qualify as having momentum?
- 01-01-2013, 05:27 PM #10
- 01-01-2013, 06:26 PM #12
- 01-01-2013, 07:52 PM #14
symbian, qnx, meego, andoid, ios, wm/p, -all- just work. the key is getting a large mindshare, and that means opening up and letting geeks be geeks.
the few people that actually hack are the quarter percent points of smart phone owners. dumping in a new rom is , well, not geeky enough to matter. those devs that make **** happen in million dollar apps and hacks... that's who wp is lacking to entice.
- 01-01-2013, 08:29 PM #17
01-01-2013, 08:47 PM #18
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At 1% according to that stat, it's still a pretty pathetic figure. I would say long term, for WP to be a viable platform it will need in excess of 12-15% of all smartphones to be running it. Now, remember, this is a volume game also. Microsoft is more like Ford than like Tesla, it can't afford to be making a superniche product. I think android as the open source software is likely to stay in the lead, but if WP gets 300% growth per annum for 3 years, then it will hit 27%. now that is a good figure to aim for by end of 2015.
(however, the stats from that source are weird) - perhaps iOS users have phones which are particularly data intensive..
Nokia for instance (and bb for that matter) tend to design phones which are highly efficient in their data usage.. therefore such figures will tend to under-report efficient data phones, and over-report data-inefficient phones.)
01-01-2013, 11:16 PM #20
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However, to say you like that something "just works?" That is a terrible mindset to have. Would you like if your car ran without fail at 10 MPG, or would you take the occasional hiccup in durability to get 30-40 MPG? I mean iPhones "just work" pretty well, but if I am going to commit myself to a 2-year contract, I don't want something that JUST works. I want something that will be a pleasure to use.
- 01-02-2013, 05:04 AM #21
Either way I think there's something to be said of both arguments. A phone that does work and perform well out of the box is always going to be reviewed and received well by consumers. A phone that can be customised until your heart is content is going to draw in the type of person that likes to flash custom ROM's, kernels and so on but I don't think it's ever going to be as encouraged on WP devices as it ever is on Android. The more time goes by the more tweaks and different hacks/roms will become available on XDA and other sites for your device but it's also good to know that where on Android I almost *had* to root my device to keep it performing and using the latest software the older my phone got, that on WP I have the option to leave the device as it is because it really does perform well.
- 01-02-2013, 07:34 AM #22
id just like to see nokia/m$ post real sales numbers (not "licenses sold" or "devices shipped"), and exactly how they plan to increase uptake.
bbos and wp fighting for third place will hopefully bring cool stuff to market instead of the current trend of leaning on patents for cash.
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