Report: 1.6 million Windows Phone 7 products sold in first quarter

Microsoft has a long way to go before it will catch up to the rest of the wireless phone industry in terms of sales of its Windows Phone 7 devices. According to a new report from Gartner, only 1.6 million wireless phones with the Windows Phone 7 devices were sold in the first quarter of 2011. Gartner says that WP7 "devices launched at the end of 2010 failed to grow in consumer preference and CSPs continued to focus on Android." Overall 3.6 million phones sold during the first quarter used some kind of Windows mobile OS. Even though Microsoft is well behind, Gartner still believes that the deal with Nokia to provide WP7 for future Nokia phones will help, saying, "In the long term, Nokia's support will accelerate Windows Phone's momentum."

Google's Android OS continues to dominate the phone market, according to Gartner's study. 36.3 million phones with that operating system were sold worldwide during the first quarter of this year. Nokia's Symbian OS is still second with 27.6 million phones sold with that operating system. In third place is Apple's iOS which sold 16.9 million phones in the first quarter. Finally RIM is in a solid fourth place with 13 million phones sold in the first quarter.

Overall, 428 million mobile phones were sold worldwide in the first quarter of 2011, which Gartner says is a 19 percent increase from the same period a year ago. Nokia remains the number one seller of mobile phones with over 107 million phones sold worldwide. Samsung comes in at number two with over 68 million phones followed by LG with nearly 24 million phones, Apple with over 16.8 million phones sold and RIM with 13 million phones.

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@the better twin...Agree; but to your point - if most non experienced smartphone users don't know what OS is running their phone, isn't it safe to say that people are chosing devices that look appealing i.e. eye candy? The current crop of WP devices are simply not that attractive looking (save the Focus and DVP). Speaking for myself, the absolute ONLY reason I do not have a WP7 device is because I don't find the aesthetic of the current devices attractive; which is why I am pleased that Nokia is on board. Nokia has a unique design focus, and only when Nokia puts out a device will I purchase a WP.

The quality of wp7 comes when mango rolls.

The volume of wp7 comes when:

Nokia are ready - they sell 000,000s of phones every week - a cut of that on wp7 moves the dial.
The Chinese m/f like ZTE etc come in with cheap handsets.

TogoP said,
The quality of wp7 comes when mango rolls.

The volume of wp7 comes when:

Nokia are ready - they sell 000,000s of phones every week - a cut of that on wp7 moves the dial.
The Chinese m/f like ZTE etc come in with cheap handsets.

Oh **** man..0 phone

Yes, Mango is necessary and so are more devices BUT the majority of WP7 devices are just fugly as sin!! I have a new (gorgeous) Focus and it is the only WP7 I have seen that is comparable in looks to other high-end smartphones. Like it or not, people want pretty tech no matter how well the OS performs.

seebaran said,
Yes, Mango is necessary and so are more devices BUT the majority of WP7 devices are just fugly as sin!! I have a new (gorgeous) Focus and it is the only WP7 I have seen that is comparable in looks to other high-end smartphones. Like it or not, people want pretty tech no matter how well the OS performs.

Maybe you haven't seen the LG Optimus 7, but it is awesome and has all he looks and feeling of a high-end phone. The same could be said about other models out there.

About Mango, I agree it mus be released ASAP to differentiate WP7 even more from the competition.

seebaran said,
Yes, Mango is necessary and so are more devices BUT the majority of WP7 devices are just fugly as sin!! I have a new (gorgeous) Focus and it is the only WP7 I have seen that is comparable in looks to other high-end smartphones. Like it or not, people want pretty tech no matter how well the OS performs.

+1000. Mango and technical specs definitely matters to experienced smartphone users; but to others, many others, eye candy matters!

ajua said,
Maybe you haven't seen the LG Optimus 7, but it is awesome and has all he looks and feeling of a high-end phone. The same could be said about other models out there.

To me it looks quite blocky and date. It reminds me a bit of the old Apple Newton. I much prefer the HTC phones, like the HD7. Still, I dislike the UI for WP7 - it seems very wasteful and unnecessarily "arty".

seebaran said,
Yes, Mango is necessary and so are more devices BUT the majority of WP7 devices are just fugly as sin!! I have a new (gorgeous) Focus and it is the only WP7 I have seen that is comparable in looks to other high-end smartphones. Like it or not, people want pretty tech no matter how well the OS performs.

I agree. I hope the phones improve...

Seems to be doing OK. Android is basically on 90% of phones the now. But compared with apple it's 1/10th the sales. Apple has a much bigger advertising campaign, with Mango and more phones I think they could get close to RIM's sales.

My take on this is that a few things need to happen before Windows Phones really take off. These things will not only improve sales but will also bring the OS above anything else in the market.
First, Mango needs to come soon. This update will bring the OS close to the competition in terms of features. It will also surpass them on the business front.
Second, OEMs must product better phones and equip them with more decent features such as front facing cameras, etc.
Third, MS must take advantage of the recent Skype acquisition and together with Nokia integrate these services. We all know what Nokia and Skype services are and what can be done with them if done right.
The metro UI is beautiful and MS MUST bring it to the tablet. I'm almost positive this is already happening behind closed doors. I know this because of the ARM projects being done internally at MS.
I personally predict that by this time next year, Windows Phone low sales will be history and the competition will be really hot.

CarlDilone said,
My take on this is that a few things need to happen before Windows Phones really take off. These things will not only improve sales but will also bring the OS above anything else in the market.
First, Mango needs to come soon. This update will bring the OS close to the competition in terms of features. It will also surpass them on the business front.
Second, OEMs must product better phones and equip them with more decent features such as front facing cameras, etc.
Third, MS must take advantage of the recent Skype acquisition and together with Nokia integrate these services. We all know what Nokia and Skype services are and what can be done with them if done right.
The metro UI is beautiful and MS MUST bring it to the tablet. I'm almost positive this is already happening behind closed doors. I know this because of the ARM projects being done internally at MS.
I personally predict that by this time next year, Windows Phone low sales will be history and the competition will be really hot.

I think that much of it is that the phones are just a little underwhelming... They don't have as much storage as I would like (And I'm sure I'm not alone)... Some of the phones aren't very appealing... Verizon still doesn't have it... I think that the phones that come out alongside Mango will likely kick it up a notch, so sales should improve then... And hopefully there will be a lot more choice.

Concidering the limited markets it's officially sold in to this point and the lack of new phones so far it's not going to sell like crazy. But that will all change this fall with Mango and even more once Nokia kicks into gear.

GP007 said,
Concidering the limited markets it's officially sold in to this point and the lack of new phones so far it's not going to sell like crazy. But that will all change this fall with Mango and even more once Nokia kicks into gear.

Yeah, there definitely needs to be more phones, that's going to hamper sales a good deal. And large carriers like Verizon still haven't gotten it (And when they do it will be underwhelming hardware)... I think market share should take a jump after the new phones that should come out alongside Mango...

When they get the Samsung Focus on Sprint and it is upgraded to support WiMax, then and only then will it be able to compete with the Samsung Galaxy.

I think it's funny that WP7 is losing to Android in much the same way that Linux is losing to Windows. That's because the majority of users (~90%) simply don't give a f*ck what OS they are using, as long as it runs their favorite programs, expect Apple fanboys.

MS Lose32 said,
I think it's funny that WP7 is losing to Android in much the same way that Linux is losing to Windows. That's because the majority of users (~90%) simply don't give a f*ck what OS they are using, as long as it runs their favorite programs, expect Apple fanboys.

I don't think all people know the iPhone is from Apple or what Apple is about. Sure it shows an Apple on the back, but thats it. Everywhere in the media you hear iPhone, iPhone App, iPhone this, iPhone that... That is what people want, they want to download that app they are talking about on that website, on that news program. They don't care if it's Apple or Microsoft, it's just that word iPhone....

I agree. I think we do need something to wow people over to wp7 though. Maybe better syncing with windows? Maybe the phone needs to cure cancer? I think there is something wrong with the numbers though. 1.6M wp7 but 3.6M windows? I think it is being reported wrong.

Invizibleyez said,
I agree. I think we do need something to wow people over to wp7 though. Maybe better syncing with windows? Maybe the phone needs to cure cancer? I think there is something wrong with the numbers though. 1.6M wp7 but 3.6M windows? I think it is being reported wrong.
Windows Mobile 6 sales still has some momentum, I'm sure.

Invizibleyez said,
I agree. I think we do need something to wow people over to wp7 though. Maybe better syncing with windows? Maybe the phone needs to cure cancer? I think there is something wrong with the numbers though. 1.6M wp7 but 3.6M windows? I think it is being reported wrong.

The synqing is great already. After like 2 minutes after turning my phone on, with a new SIM, new provider etc, it got all the phone numbers from my friends, all the email addresses from my friend, it even got all info I needed on my phone... Just with a simple login to my Windows Live ID. But people probably don't use WL as much as I do, so I'm wondering how much of this works with Google / Yahoo etc accounts, because for Windows Live, it works perfectly... (If it had skydrive )

Invizibleyez said,
I agree. I think we do need something to wow people over to wp7 though. Maybe better syncing with windows? Maybe the phone needs to cure cancer? I think there is something wrong with the numbers though. 1.6M wp7 but 3.6M windows? I think it is being reported wrong.

1.6 millon wp7 and 2 million windows mobile 6

Windows mobile has a native api and business fuinctionality not with wp7 yet.

Peter van Dam said,

The synqing is great already. After like 2 minutes after turning my phone on, with a new SIM, new provider etc, it got all the phone numbers from my friends, all the email addresses from my friend, it even got all info I needed on my phone... Just with a simple login to my Windows Live ID. But people probably don't use WL as much as I do, so I'm wondering how much of this works with Google / Yahoo etc accounts, because for Windows Live, it works perfectly... (If it had skydrive )

When I connect my WP7 phone to my windows PC, here's what doesn't or CAN'T happen, and I think it should. I cannot send any of my office documents to my phone. My phone has office, my computer has office, but... well... they act like they speak different languages. One of the main reasons I bought the Windows phone over the Iphone or the Android phone was that windows phones have always had office. But, since I can't send documents, It's more like a handicapped kid, I love it, but it can't do everything I thought it would be able to.

MS simply need to bring out more phones.
Most people dont have a clue what OS is on their phone.
The reason Android is doing so well is because there is so much choice when it comes to the phone you can have it on.
MS need to get Mango out asap on loads of phones like android is so it can be shown properly in stores not just relegated to the corner and consumers can choose a phone which suits them.
OS matters little when they are as similar as they are. The rise of Android highlights this.

the better twin said,
MS simply need to bring out more phones.
Most people dont have a clue what OS is on their phone.
The reason Android is doing so well is because there is so much choice when it comes to the phone you can have it on.
MS need to get Mango out asap on loads of phones like android is so it can be shown properly in stores not just relegated to the corner and consumers can choose a phone which suits them.
OS matters little when they are as similar as they are. The rise of Android highlights this.

+1

I showed my Windows Phone 7 one, a HTC HD2, but the next day I was talking with him to a girl who had a phone, he talked about getting a HTC. Not all HTC's run on WP7 so I told him not to look to the brand, but to the OS on it...

the better twin said,
MS simply need to bring out more phones.
Most people dont have a clue what OS is on their phone.

exactly...they don't really give a s**t about OS, they only know iPhone or HTC HD or Samsung Galaxy or Nokia N8

Edited by tuneslover, May 19 2011, 7:57pm :

Faisal Islam said,

exactly...they don't really give a s**t about OS, they only know iPhone or HTC HD or Samsung Galaxy or Nokia N8

That's not true. At the very least Motorola keeps pumping Android in their advertisements I see on Hulu.com.