Windows Phone Outselling iPhone in Seven Countries
March 27, 2013 10:43 PM
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But some of the countries are relatively small markets
Microsoft Corp. (
quick to seize on
good news from market analytics firm International Data Corp.'s (
) 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 (
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.
The Lumia 520 [Image Source: Nokia]
The arrival of low-end Windows Phone devices -- namely Nokia Oyj.'s (
-- 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.
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RE: Good progress...
3/29/2013 5:16:37 PM
While that has been true up until now, I think that will change very quickly next year as games are released for next gen consoles. It is one thing to port a game from Cell or PPC tech to a duel or quad core x86 CPU because essentially everything needs to be rewritten anyways... but if consoles are going to natively have 8+ x86 cores (and the nextbox running win8 for the OS) then it would be much cheaper for game developers to make much more direct ports without rewriting half of the game engine to run on less cores.
To top that all off, next gen consoles run AMD CPUs, which means that even though I bought an i7 (for video editing, so it's not a waste) then games will probably still only see my CPU as a quad core. That could mean that if I want to run next gen games full tilt then I will probably need some future 8 core (or AMD quad module) chip, rather than being able to rely on my i7 for ever and ever.
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