- Windows Phone will never pass 2% marketshare
- Windows Phone will never be number three
- Windows Phone is dead
All the above turned out to be wrong. Windows Phone is the established number 3 smartphone platform globally. Windows Phone has passed 2% marketshare globally. Windows Phone is growing. Dead things don’t grow.
While I loved the concept of Windows Phone, especially the elegant user interface, from the get-go, I wasn’t quite a huge fan of Windows Phone 7, especially on low to mid end devices. Gosh! The Lumia 610 gave me migraines every day. But then, along came Windows Phone 8, and it turned out to be a different beast entirely. Whatever grouses I held against Microsoft based on my experience with Windows Phone 7, I forgave them once I experienced Windows Phone 8. Okay, okay, I’m still holding that email attachment limitation against them (Fix it, guys!! Fix it!!!)
But Windows Phone 8 is a very modern smartphone OS that almost matches Android OS in innate functionality. There’s USB mass storage, file management, multi-tasking (albeit different), media file downloads in the browser, a notification area (for those who cried and wailed for it), and hundreds of thousands of apps in the Store (with more coming in daily), Windows Phone OS is a viable alternative to Android OS.
There will always be preferences. Apple fans will always love the iPhone. Android fans will always love that OS. But for people who have not sworn allegiance to any one particular OS at a shrine somewhere, and who are wondering if Windows Phone can meet their needs, this is Mister Mobility staking his integrity on it and saying, it very likely will. If you end up not liking Windows Phone, it won’t be because it doesn’t meet your needs. It would be that you prefer something else. Which is okay. If you try Windows Phone and it doesn’t float your boat, you have Android, BlackBerry, iOS and other smaller platforms to pick from. Choices are good. Exercise yours.
For someone like me, I am likely to always own both an Android and Windows Phone smartphone at any point in time. I am rooting for these two to lead the pack. Oh, yes; Windows Phone was up to a slow start, but not every plant or animal grows at the same pace. They all grow though. Windows Phone is growing and proving critics wrong. It will continue to do so. Quote me. I said it before. I will say it again.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.