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But some of the countries are relatively small markets

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) was quick to seize on good news from market analytics firm International Data Corp.'s (IDC) survey of international phone sales.  While the report unsurprisingly showed Android to be the king of virtually every region, the report showed that in some nations Windows Phones are outselling Apple, Inc.'s (AAPL) iPhone.

But before Apple fans explode with indignation, yes there is a catch.  Windows Phone outsold the iPhone in a smattering of emerging markets, where the high price of Apple's trendy phone is probably a barrier to sales success.  In total Windows Phone led the iPhone in Argentina, India, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Ukraine, and "rest of central and eastern Europe".

The success in India is a pretty big deal because that's going to be a huge smartphone market.  But other regions like Ukraine, South Africa, and "rest of... Europe" (smaller countries) are all markets of 100,000 or less smartphone units annually.

Lumia 520
The Lumia 520 [Image Source: Nokia]

The arrival of low-end Windows Phone devices -- namely Nokia Oyj.'s (HEX:NOK1VLumia 520/620 -- has certainly boosted Windows Phone.  Much like Android, Microsoft and its third-party hardware partners appear to be starting their assault on the iPhone at the low-end.  While today's flagship Android phones put the iPhone's hardware to shame, the earliest Androids were largely budget devices.

It remains to be seen, though, whether Windows Phone can duplicate Android's successful creep into the high-end of the market.  Microsoft is betting big on the Windows Phone Blue refresh, which will likely be the next major platform refresh.  That update is expected to land sometime in the October/November window.  The good news for Windows Phone 8 device owners is that Microsoft reportedly will be supporting current generation devices in the upgrade this time around.

Source: Microsoft [TechNet]



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RE: Good progress...
By Pirks on 3/29/2013 2:20:57 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Jelly Bean is at least as smooth if not smoother than Windows Phone
Most dumb and obvious piece of lying BS I've seen here. Jelly Bean on modern dual core Samsung Exynos hardware is nowhere near as smooth as my two year old WP7 phone on an ancinet single core CPU.

People, don't listen to Reclaimer since he NEVER EVER compared Android with WP7. I did and I can see through his lies here.

Don't let pro-Android trolls to guide your decision!

Check out a nice handset like ATIV S, Lumia 920 or HTC 8X and play with it, compare with Android and you will see what I'm talking about.


RE: Good progress...
By Reclaimer77 on 3/29/2013 10:19:53 AM , Rating: 2
Lol now we know you're full of it. What's the troll tactic this week perks, RIM or WP or whatever lol.


RE: Good progress...
By Pirks on 3/29/2013 12:47:12 PM , Rating: 2
denial detected


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