Hours after Netgear CEO Patrick Lo said it was “game over” for Microsoft,new NPD data has revealed that the all new Windows Phone 7 has only managed to capture 2% of the US market which is significantly less share than their previous Windows Mobile model.
Even worse for Microsoft, the Company only managed to grab the same market share as HP’s WebOS phone, despite the software Company sinking hundreds of millions into marketing their new Windows Phone OS up against Google’s Android and the Apple iPhone.
In Australia carriers have said that sales of the new device which was launched with much fanfare late last year have struggled with very few consumers asking for the device.
A Vodafone executive said “I doubt whether the new OS has even got 2% in Australia”.
It’s been revealed that while millions of Window 7 Mobile phones were shipped to carriers very few have reached consumers. NPD said that the Windows OS had the lowest share of any new platform launch in recent memory. Both Android and WebOS arrived with higher share.
In recent months Microsoft has repeatedly avoided discussing real sales in favour of mentioning sales to carriers, which make its demand seem larger.
According to the research which was issued overnight Android now has 53 percent of the US market, up nine points while Apple’s share of the US market dropped four percent to 19 percent. RIM’s BlackBerry also went down.
NPD said that the top five phones in the charts were all smartphones. Apple topped the US in terms of individual phone models with the iPhone 4 remaining out in front; the iPhone 3GS was fourth. Android took advantage of sheer numbers as the remaining three devices, the Droid X, Evo 4G and Droid 2, filled out the remaining spots.