Windows Phone 4-percent smartphone share is no Android threat

It doesn’t really come as a surprise that Windows Phone isn’t a treat to Android does it? Because if you thought that Windows Phone was going to be a treat to Android any time soon you’d be somewhat wrong, as recent data shows that Windows Phone will only grab four percent of the US smartphone market in 2012.

According to a report by Cnet, the new data from Strategy Analytics shows Windows Phone will secure 4% of the smartphone market in the United States this year, which is up 1% from 2011, and the firm says that the Windows Phone OS will be on 5 million handsets sold in 2012 compared with 3.5 million in 2011.

Scott Bicheno, senior analyst at Strategy Analytics says, “Nokia, HTC and Samsung have some of the biggest Microsoft smartphone portfolios at present and they will be three main hardware vendors driving growth this year,” and went on to say that in all, 123 million smartphone will be sold in 2012, up 21% from 101.8 million sold last year.

However it appears that Microsoft might fair better in global market share, as last month IDC stated they expect Windows Phone to own 5.2% of the worldwide smartphone market this year, and that by 2016 IDC expects that figure to grow to 19.2%.

Microsoft has announced Windows Phone 8, but will have a long haul to catch up with Android, and to be fair by the year 2016, IDC expects that Android will own 53% of the worldwide smartphone market.

So with that said I think Android can rest assured that Microsoft’s Windows Phone is no real threat, don’t you?


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