Android continues to struggle in Europe; Samsung’s share slips

“Android handset makers continue to compete for a smaller share of smartphones sales across Europe, according to new sales figures,” Liam Tung reports for ZDNet. “Android’s market share across Europe’s big five countries — Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain — fell on average by 3.3 percentage points compared with last year, according to figures for the three months to August compiled by market research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.”

“With a 72.2 percent share, Android devices still dominate overall sales across Germany, the UK, France, Spain, and Italy,” Tung reports. “However, Android has seen its share decline by as much as seven percent in Europe’s largest markets while only making slight year-on-year gains in Spain and Italy, where consumers lean heavily towards pre-paid mobile subscriptions.”

“Across Europe, Samsung still leads Apple by a long but shrinking margin, with its share falling from 42 percent a year ago to 39 percent in the current period, while Apple’s share grew from 13.7 percent to 16.2 percent,” Tung reports. “Microsoft’s Lumia phones are in third place with a 10.6 percent share, followed in descending order by Sony, Huawei, LG, Wiko, HTC and Motorola.”

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MacDailyNews Take: We’d love to see the brain scans of these 1 in 10 who hamstring themselves with ecosystem-bereft Windows phones. Are these poor souls institutionalized? If not, they should be.

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