“It’s no secret: Windows Phone sales stink,” Brian S. Hall writes for ReadWrite. “Microsoft’s bold, attractive platform has an install base of a meager 2% of the global smartphone market and still sits below 5% in the U.S. smartphone market. The CEO of Samsung, the world’s largest smartphone maker, has publicly stated that Windows Phone sales are ‘lackluster.'”
“The big question is why the widely praised platform isn’t catching on,” Hall writes. “Microsoft, relatively early to the mobile Web, came to the smartphone party late, and has failed to make its case why anyone – hard-core PC users included – should choose Windows Phone over Android or iPhone – or even BlackBerry.”
Hall writes, “The real reason why Windows Phone has failed because there is no good reason for it to exist.”
Much more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Reminds us what we once wrote about the superfluous nature of Palm’s attempt to remain relevant:
Palm’s Pre dog and pony show is nothing more than takeover bait. They simply do not have the resources necessary to create another mobile platform, especially one that is superfluous. If Palm’s Pre is not a ruse, then those responsible are kidding themselves. – MacDailyNews Take, January 21, 2009
Palm had no resources. Microsoft needs to stick it out. As we posited years ago, Google’s Android may well become too expensive and problematic for handset makers to use vs. Windows Phone – if the courts ever decide to finally finish some patent infringement cases.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]