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Kantar: Windows Phone gaining traction, most notably in Italy

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 02 Dec 2013 22:11 User comments (8)

Kantar: Windows Phone gaining traction, most notably in Italy According to the latest Kantar figures for the quarter ended October 31st, Windows Phone has been gaining traction around the globe, most notably in Italy.
The operating system reached a record 16.1 percent of the Italian smartphone market, besting Apple at 10.1 percent. In the UK, the OS hit 11.9 percent and France saw a record high, as well, at 12.5 percent. In France, the market share doubled from last year.

In the major smartphone markets of U.S., China and Spain, the operating system commanded 4.8 percent, 3.5 percent and 4.3 percent, respectively.

EU5 nations (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom) saw Windows Phone share increase to 10.2 percent, behind iOS at 15.8 (down from 20.8 percent) and Android at 70.9 percent.

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8 user comments

12.12.2013 22:34

Good news. Windows Phone is the most visually appealing mobile OS in my opinion, and Nokia continues to make some great looking and quality devices. I hope more major app developers will begin to support it and Microsoft doesn't completely ruin it nor Nokia at some point, as they have with many of their products over time.

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23.12.2013 9:02

Personally I'm not a big fan of the OS, and the Nokias feel bad in the hand...but hopefully the good sales will at least convince Samsung that they need better cameras (the only advantage of Windows Phone IMHO).



33.12.2013 13:32

Originally posted by KillerBug:
Personally I'm not a big fan of the OS, and the Nokias feel bad in the hand...but hopefully the good sales will at least convince Samsung that they need better cameras (the only advantage of Windows Phone IMHO).

The Galaxy S5 is rumored to have a 20.7 MP sensor just like the Sony Xperia Z1. My guess is that it'll be actually the same sensor made by Sony, hopefully empowered with hardware image stabilization, which the Z1 lacks.

I'm not a big fan of Samsung, anyway. I finally decided to renew my smartphone and I own a Z1 now. Loving it.

The Galaxy Zoom has also a good camera, but it's massive. The Z1 has no "hump" in the back. For me, it's simpky the best smartphone out there at this moment. (Of course, if pricing comes to matter, that would be the Nexus 5, no doubt).

"You know, it seems that quotes on the internet are becoming less and less reliable." -Abraham Lincoln.

43.12.2013 14:21

I really like the Z1...but I'm still really paranoid about anything made by Sony. If they can bribe a judge to make a ruling about the Toyota Prius in a case where no one even mentioned the Prius, god knows what they might try to pull next.



53.12.2013 15:05

Originally posted by KillerBug:
I really like the Z1...but I'm still really paranoid about anything made by Sony. If they can bribe a judge to make a ruling about the Toyota Prius in a case where no one even mentioned the Prius, god knows what they might try to pull next.

Damn right! But at least they're not Apple, though ;)

"You know, it seems that quotes on the internet are becoming less and less reliable." -Abraham Lincoln.

64.12.2013 20:53

Originally posted by KillerBug:
Personally I'm not a big fan of the OS, and the Nokias feel bad in the hand...but hopefully the good sales will at least convince Samsung that they need better cameras (the only advantage of Windows Phone IMHO).
Oh my! AGREED!

My Lumia 520 is HIGHLY UNCOMFORTABLE in the hand. OS is nothing compared to Apple or Android in terms of app compatibility or availability.

74.12.2013 20:55

Originally posted by dali:
Originally posted by KillerBug:
I really like the Z1...but I'm still really paranoid about anything made by Sony. If they can bribe a judge to make a ruling about the Toyota Prius in a case where no one even mentioned the Prius, god knows what they might try to pull next.

Damn right! But at least they're not Apple, though ;)
Don't forget too that Sony BOUGHT (BRIBED) their way into the absolute domination of the HD optical disc market by putting HDDVD to rest...........the better choice objectively.

Sony can't be fully trusted.

85.12.2013 3:14

Originally posted by hearme0:
Don't forget too that Sony BOUGHT (BRIBED) their way into the absolute domination of the HD optical disc market by putting HDDVD to rest...........the better choice objectively.

Well, back in the day, it happened quite the opposite thing with the Betamax VCR, and the minidisc. And what do you think about the iPod and iTunes? Was that really the best choice ever of portable music platform compared to any MP3 player which connects to any computer whatever its OS and installed apps, just like any other USB drive would?

I bought the Z1 because I liked it the most by far, and I have no major regrets for giving profit to an evil company in order to have it, because I don't think Samsung or any other alternatives are precisely sisters of mercy, either, and I don't like their hardware as much as I like Sony's.

I'm well informed (or at least I think so), and after analyzing pros and cons I take my choice, just like any other buyer. If a company deserves to go down it's up to us consumers to accomplish it, for we are who have the power to decide. However, the Z1 is selling well for a high-end device with the current economy, given that there are many alternatives which are much cheaper, like the Nexus 5, priced at half the cost. In my case, I wanted a microSDHC card slot, better camera, IP58 certification and a battery which lasts longer, but the Nexus 5 lacks all that. Some will care about that things and pay more, some won't. This sounds fair to me, despite the company being involved in bad practices in other of its fields of action, which most certainly is.

Most big companies are pure evil, and all of them would like to be paid for the use of their patents and get the biggest piece of the cake by any means necessary, if not simply exterminate their competition. Sometimes one of them will win, sometimes it'll happen the other way around. But, hey, no one does actually buy crappy products given that they are built by good intended people, because there's not such thing anywhere in the market.

"You know, it seems that quotes on the internet are becoming less and less reliable." -Abraham Lincoln.

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