With the launch of Windows Phone 8 and its accompanying devices like the HTC 8X and the Nokia Lumia 920, we have heard and read reports that the devices are doing pretty well for themselves, but is this truly the case? According to a new report by mobile analysts, Chetan Sarma, they claim that as far as the US market is concerned, only 1 million Windows Phone devices were sold in the year of 2012. Assuming that their figures are right on the money, comparing it against Gartner’s estimate of 17 million Windows Phone devices sold worldwide, this means that Windows Phone devices only make up about 6% of the US market.
We all know that at the moment both iOS and Android are the dominating operating systems, although with Windows Phone 8 and Blackberry 10 having been launched, we expect some of those figures to shift, but at 5% that’s pretty depressing, don’t you think? The Windows Phone operating system, from personal experience, is slick, responsive and very neat, although we can’t help but think that perhaps the more powerful hardware found on Android devices as well as the more established ecosystem by Apple’s iTunes have prevented customers from making the switch, but what do you guys think? Is 5% way too low?