Mobile
Commentary
11/29/2010
09:41 AM
Eric Zeman
Eric Zeman
Commentary
Connect Directly
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Windows Phone Crushed By Android

Microsoft has not shared sales figures for its newly launched Windows Phone 7 platform, but one retailer says Android is out-selling WP7 15 to 1.

With the lack of official information coming from Redmond, exact sales numbers for Windows Phone 7 are anyone's guess. According to U.K. retailer MobilesPlease, WP7 sales figures have been disappointing.

The company told Electronista that only 3% of its sales are coming from WP7, and that Android devices are out-selling WP7 devices 15 to 1. Symbian devices are also out-selling WP7 devices, though at a 3 to 1 ratio.

This same retailer called competing retailers in the U.K., including Carphone Warehouse. None of its competitors would confirm any numbers, but noted that sales of Windows Phone 7 devices were not impressive.

The only real figure floated to the media for initial WP7 sales came from an un-sourced article on TheStreet.com, which said 40,000 consumers snapped up WP7 devices on launch day in the U.S., November 8. That number has not been confirmed by Microsoft.

Taking a look from a different angle, we might be able to guess at what the sales numbers look like. Based on the number of users of the Facebook application for Windows Phone 7, WMPoweruser estimates that about 120,000 WP7 devices are being used regularly. Facebook for WP7 is the second-most popular app in the Windows Phone Marketplace, and we can assume that a significant percentage of WP7 users have installed it.

WMPoweruser bemoans the fact that, if these numbers are accurate, Microsoft's old Windows Mobile 6.x platform sold 10 times as many devices in Q310 when compared to Windows Phone 7 devices in Q410.

Microsoft has said that it hopes to sell 30 million WP7 devices by the end of 2011. Can Microsoft make up the ground it has lost to Apple, RIM, and Google?

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
InformationWeek Elite 100
InformationWeek Elite 100
Our data shows these innovators using digital technology in two key areas: providing better products and cutting costs. Almost half of them expect to introduce a new IT-led product this year, and 46% are using technology to make business processes more efficient.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
InformationWeek Tech Digest - August 27, 2014
Who wins in cloud price wars? Short answer: not IT. Enterprises don't want bare-bones IaaS. Providers must focus on support, not undercutting rivals.
Flash Poll
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Archived InformationWeek Radio
Howard Marks talks about steps to take in choosing the right cloud storage solutions for your IT problems
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.