“I think it’s time for Microsoft to concede defeat in the smartphones war. As a latecomer to the game, it has got off to a bad start partnering up with Nokia , pumping out subpar phones one after another on a weak ecosystem,” William Feng writes for Seeking Alpha. “Its failure to gain traction in its collaboration with Samsung and HTC provides further testimony to this truth. And recently, the numbers are out.”
Feng writes, “The Windows Phone is dead as a doornail.”
“Based on the latest statistics from Kantar Worldpanel, market share for Windows OS phones has seen declines in many key regions such as the U.S., China, UK, and Germany,” Feng writes. “In the United States, market share for Windows phones has dropped almost 30% from 5.3% to 3.8% over the past four months. In China, it’s even worse; market share has dropped 40% from 1% to 0.6%. In Germany and the UK, market share has dropped 20% from 7.5% to 5.9% and from 11.3% to 9.1%, respectively.”
“With its abysmal number of users, Microsoft will continue to have a hard time persuading developers to create apps for its ecosystem. And without apps, consumers will not want to buy its devices. It’s a vicious cycle, and it’s only going worse,” Feng writes. “To see how big the app disparity is currently, take a look at WPCentral’s recent comparison of the Windows App Store with Apple’s App Store. The author has found that out of the top 25 apps from iOS, Microsoft has only 6 of them available in its app store.”
“6 out of 25,” Feng writes. “It’s beyond pathetic.”
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