A new report from a U.K. phone retailer claims Android is outselling Windows Phone 7 at a ratio of 15-to-1. It's the first indication that Windows Phone 7 is in deep trouble.
Microsoft launched Windows Phone 7 in North America on
Nov. 8, the company had high hopes for its platform. It truly believed that the
product it was offering to consumers and enterprise customers was the best
option on the market.
Microsoft thought that with the help of its vendor partners, it could reverse
the decline of its mobile market share, and start giving Google's Android
platform a major challenger to worry about.
it's clear now that Windows Phone 7 might not have what it takes to come close
to matching Android. In fact, U.K.
retailer MobilesPlease is reporting
that Windows Phone 7 accounted
for just 3 percent of its smartphone sales
and less than 2 percent of all of its
sales. It went on to say that Android is outselling Windows Phone 7 by a
that figure might not be the same everywhere around the world. But it
effectively highlights the issues Microsoft is having. It's also the clearest
indication yet that Android is easily besting Microsoft's counterpart.
The phones are better
Microsoft might not like to admit it, the devices
running Android are far more viable than those running Windows Phone 7
Take the Motorola Droid X, for example. That device includes a 4.3-inch display
and outstanding entertainment options, and it runs on Verizon's network.
Granted, the Samsung Focus running Windows Phone 7 has a 4-inch display, but it's
running on AT&T's network. And it doesn't have the same look and feel as
the Droid X. Simply put, Android devices are more attractive.
There are more of them
are just a handful of Windows Phone 7 devices on store shelves right now. That
alone isn't helping Microsoft to sell more devices. Google's partners, on the
other hand, are offering a slew of devices around the world that give consumers
an ample supply of options to choose from. That's an important distinction, and
it's definitely contributing to strong Android sales.
Android 2.2 is more polished
Phone 7 is a fine platform that ditches the traditional gridlike design
a unique layout. But that doesn't mean it's better than Android. In fact, the
operating system lacks full multitasking, it doesn't have a store that can
compare to the Android Market in terms of app availability, and it's clear
after using it that it's still a first-gen product. Granted, Windows Phone 7 is
a fine product, but it's still not up to Android 2.2's level.
Google's Android Market
Android Market is helping Google and its partners sell more Android-based
devices. The store features well over 100,000 applications that range from social-networking
programs to entertainment apps. Microsoft has said it plans on quickly catching
up with its app marketplace, but it has a long way to go to do so and customers
know that all too well.