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Windows smartphones overtake Symbian for Nokia

Lumia 800

By Stewart Mitchell

Posted on 21 Mar 2012 at 11:12

Nokia’s UK sales of Windows smartphones have overtaken smartphones based on its older Symbian system, marking progress following the company’s switch to Windows Phone last year.

According to a report from Bloomberg that cites research from Kantar Worldpanel, Windows handsets made up 2.5% of the UK market, compared to a 2.4% share for Symbian.

Based on interviews with handset buyers, the research suggests Nokia is making progress in its intention to offer a third platform in competition with Android and Apple, even if the overall share remains small.

“The fact that Windows Phone sales have overtaken Symbian based on one handset is encouraging,” Kumar analyst Dominic Sunnebo told Bloomberg.

“However, Nokia will need to expand the range quickly in order to keep up with the slew of next generation competitor products being launched.”

The research found that the Lumia 800 contributed an overwhelming 87% of Windows Phone 7 sales across Europe.

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User comments

This is a sign of failure. It will take years if ever for WP to match the market share that Symbian had. Nokia have basically stopped releasing Symbian smartphones and the models out there are one or two years old which probably accounts for most of that drop and very little of WP's rise.

By JamesD29 on 21 Mar 2012

@JamesD29

Nokia still release top end Symbian phones. Their latest 30odd mp camera phone for example.

I'll admit though, I like Windows Phone (had two already) but it still hasn't really made much of an impact in the market despite massive advertising campaigns.

Software side, Microsoft still have a long way to go and despite improvement to Skydrive etc their systems integration is still not good enough.

By JStairmand on 21 Mar 2012

Still wouldn't touch one with a barge pole, I rather have an Iphone than a Symbian phone from Nokia.

By SKINHEAD1967 on 21 Mar 2012

Metro tiling

just doesn't do it for me.
Android widgets win.

By dubiou on 22 Mar 2012

Blatent Spin Doctoring

Elop's strategy a resounding success! Windows Phone 7 marketshare increases fivefold, and overtakes Symbian.

Oh wait a minute, Symbian sales have slumped from 12.4% market share to 2.4%, while Windows Phone 7 has risen from 0.5% to 2.5%. This means that far from Windows Phone 7 saving Nokia, Nokia's total marketshare has slumped from 13% to 4.9% as a result of Nokia banking on Windows Phone 7.

This is of course of no concern to Elop, who seems to only care about pushing Microsoft's interests rather tjan Nokia's as the headline clearly illustrates.

By spm1234 on 8 Apr 2012

Blatent Spin Doctoring

Elop's strategy a resounding success! Windows Phone 7 marketshare increases fivefold, and overtakes Symbian.

Oh wait a minute, Symbian sales have slumped from 12.4% market share to 2.4%, while Windows Phone 7 has risen from 0.5% to 2.5%. This means that far from Windows Phone 7 saving Nokia, Nokia's total marketshare has slumped from 13% to 4.9% as a result of Nokia banking on Windows Phone 7.

This is of course of no concern to Elop, who seems to only care about pushing Microsoft's interests rather than Nokia's as the headline clearly illustrates.

By spm1234 on 8 Apr 2012

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