Android overtakes Windows Phone 7

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Scarlette Lennon29 September 2021Last Update : 9 months ago
Android overtakes Windows Phone 7

UK telephone outlet MobilesPlease reported today that Windows Phone 7 sales may be even poorer than initially reported. Data collected from phones purchased on their website, as well as other networks that use their service, shows that only 3% of smartphones sold were Windows Phone devices. We are far from the nearly 45% of sales that Android represents on the site, and even less than the dying Symbian platform.

Although the public is bombarded with ads for Windows Phone, they continue to ask for Apple phones and, according to MobilesPlease, HTC phones running Android. There is even strong demand for Blackberry, a business that many tech experts suggest is dying. What does this mean for Windows Phone 7 and Microsoft’s mobile strategy as a whole?

Given the huge sums of money Microsoft is pouring into the platform (nearly $ 1 billion between Windows Phone and Kinect), I find it hard to believe that they will be ditching the platform anytime soon. They’ve also invested heavily in developers, in some cases paying developers to build third-party apps for WP7. It won’t go away anytime soon over the next few years, but there’s also no reason to assume demand won’t pick up until Microsoft declares the platform dead.

The main hurdles for Microsoft currently seem to be boring hardware and the lack of important features. Overall, the Windows Phone 7 lineup is boring. All phones (except maybe the 7 Mozart) are black plastic plates. Some of them have some great features like a larger keyboard or screen, but nothing sets them apart from similar Android phones. There are very few separate phones like the EVO 4G and HD7; both have the same screen size, the same overall layout, and the same build quality.

Windows Phone 7 also lacks features that its competitors have had for years. One of the big disappointments with the original Windows Phone announcement was the lack of copy and paste. iOS had this feature for almost a year before the announcement, and Android has still built it into the rest of the operating system. It was a bit daunting and even confusing, given that Microsoft’s own Windows Mobile was one of the first smartphone platforms with cut and paste. Arpan Shah, director of The Microsoft Project, wrote in early November that the company would release an update with the feature “in a few weeks.”

Unfortunately, the platform also lacks multitasking. Many tech experts, online and offline, have criticized WP7 for not including a core feature for Android. Both of these features can be major hurdles for Microsoft right now as they uncover its shortcomings.

However, take reports like these with a grain of salt. These figures come from a less common source in a country. They may not reflect how Windows Phone 7 is doing globally as a whole. In addition, carriers and manufacturers have made a few missteps along the way; There are a lot of people who find that there is little to no publicity or support for the platform in carrier stores, and huge supply restrictions have hampered the platform as well.

While all reports point to Windows Phone 7 off to a bad start, that could easily change in the coming months as Microsoft fixes some of the platform’s biggest holes and manufacturers and operators step up their game. , I would like to see a flood of WP7 devices on the market; it’s just such a different experience from android and ios. It’s very fresh and clean, and it definitely represents the future of mobile as a whole.

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