Gartner: Windows Phone sales increased 124.2 percent in Q4 2012

Microsoft has yet to offer any official sales of Windows Phone-based smartphones. As a result, we have to rely on research firms for their stats. For the fourth quarter of the year, some firms claimed that Windows Phone sales increased in the US, while others stated that the market share for Windows Phone actually went down.

This week, Gartner revealed its worldwide smartphone sales numbers for the fourth quarter of 2012 and it was good news for Windows Phone and Microsoft. The firm claims that Windows Phone-based smartphone sales went up to 6.1855 million units for the quarter, which is a 124.6 percent increase compared to the same period a year ago. In the fourth quarter of 2012, when Microsoft launched Windows Phone 7.5, only 2.759 million units were sold.

Microsoft's overall market share of the smartphone business went up to three percent for the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to just 1.8 percent a year ago. Even though BlackBerry's share has gone way down in the past year, it still managed to stay ahead of Windows Phone with 3.5 percent of the smartphone market.

Overall, the number of smartphones sold worldwide in 2012 came in at 207.7 million units, up 38.3 percent from 2011. Android-based smartphones had the most market share at 69.7 percent, followed by iOS at 20.9 percent.

Source: Gartner | Image via Gartner

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The big question I think that really needs to be investigated are:

1) Future updates of Windows Phone 8 to fill in holes when it comes to enterprise support.
2) Development tools and pushing those out to enterprise customers.
3) Whether Microsoft is willing to sit down with Nokia and use its contacts to push Nokia products out to companies looking to replace their RIM products but haven't made up their mind what to replace them with.

All in all Microsoft is making big strides and hopefully we'll see prompt delivery of updates and upgrades moving forward; the perks of a coherent upgrade/update model associated with iOS with the diversity of handset types associated with Android.

Mr Nom Nom's said,
The big question I think that really needs to be investigated are:

1) Future updates of Windows Phone 8 to fill in holes when it comes to enterprise support.
2) Development tools and pushing those out to enterprise customers.
3) Whether Microsoft is willing to sit down with Nokia and use its contacts to push Nokia products out to companies looking to replace their RIM products but haven't made up their mind what to replace them with.

All in all Microsoft is making big strides and hopefully we'll see prompt delivery of updates and upgrades moving forward; the perks of a coherent upgrade/update model associated with iOS with the diversity of handset types associated with Android.

Well, though minor we already have one update out for it so far. As enterprise goes once they add two or three things like vpn then there really is no reason why it can't get pushed out to more companies.

MWC can't come quick enough, I want to hear about the next update or new phones soon.

Mr Nom Nom's said,
The big question I think that really needs to be investigated are:

1) Future updates of Windows Phone 8 to fill in holes when it comes to enterprise support.
2) Development tools and pushing those out to enterprise customers.

Windows Blue.

It's important news because MS is going up against a well-defined market in iOS and Android and it's always takes the most energy to grow that third platform, but it would get easier as people start to see others with these devices - I've already gotten dozens of friends to notice mine when they wouldn't have noticed at all.

Remember that success isn't defined here as owning a Windows-like marketshare, I think MS can be successful overall if they punch in the 10-15% marketshare range. Besides, who wants to see one platform dominate the mobile market and keep others out? If the market can sustain 3-4 viable platforms it's better than if there were only 2.

ryanv12 said,
It's important news because MS is going up against a well-defined market in iOS and Android and it's always takes the most energy to grow that third platform, but it would get easier as people start to see others with these devices - I've already gotten dozens of friends to notice mine when they wouldn't have noticed at all.

Remember that success isn't defined here as owning a Windows-like marketshare, I think MS can be successful overall if they punch in the 10-15% marketshare range. Besides, who wants to see one platform dominate the mobile market and keep others out? If the market can sustain 3-4 viable platforms it's better than if there were only 2.

Exactly, growth, in this case, continued growth in a market that is also itself growing is good news. If Nokia keeps new models coming to more carriers and markets, and if htc can up it's game a bit more then 2013 will be telling. I can easily see Windows Phone taking the third spot and at some point even if it's just a distant 3rd with say 10-20% we're still looking at millions of units sold per year.

Actually Android is down 4% from 3Q12. The only increases came from iOS and Windows Phone at 150% and 125% increases. Apple obviously benefited from releasing iPhone 5,

Doesn't matter, you can uninstall any app that didn't come from Microsoft. It's really one thing that I'm happy MS has been able to stay firm about - it bothers me to no end that my GF can't (easily) remove some of the stuff installed on her One X+

SK[ said,]Does anyone do a pure WP8 experience without loading custom made apps into the OS?

Sure, most people do (incl. me).

Of course on site like this you'll find a lot of gadget enthousiasts so it would seem as if most people do tweak there Phone. But in general people dont do custom roms. I personally left Android because I was unsatisfied with the out of the box experience. I wanted something that just works and I went with WP because I had already tried an iPhone and it wasnt for me.

Holidays. Got to love it. And probably all the people wanting to get WP when 7.5 was out, but waited after WP8 was announced.