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A new report published by comScore shows steady growth in the US for Windows Phone, a significant contrast to what we saw earlier in the year. While Android remains the number one platform in the region with Apple sat in second, Microsoft is pretty much level with BlackBerry, who has been struggling to halt the downhill fall the company has experienced.

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Strong sales for Windows Phone is seen across Europe, the United States and Australia, signaling strong momentum for Microsoft’s mobile platform

Kantar Worldpanel’s numbers for September 2013 show continued strong growth for Windows Phone, especially in Europe where double digit sales are seen in the Great Britain (11.4%), France (10.7%) and Italy (13.7%).  The data collected spans 3 months, up until September.

In terms of sales for September 2013, Windows Phone has claimed 10% for the “big five” European countries combined (UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain), representing a doubling in sales from 12 months ago, marking a substantial increase from 2012.

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Today during one of the many Build 2013 sessions going on, Microsoft also publicized some Windows Phone Store numbers since Windows Phone 8 was launched.

By now, many of our readers have probably figured that Windows Phone 8 has quickly become the more popular OS (over 7.x) partially due to the new and exciting hardware and also because of it being more powerful.

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The International Data Corporation (IDC) has posted its Q4 2012 global results of smartphone trends and it nicely reflects yesterday’s report from Gartner. The data is both a mix of good news and bad news for Windows Phone, showing that year-over-year (YoY) growth has increased by 150% going from 1.5% market share to 2.6% in late 2012. That’s certainly a positive sign but in the context of the rest of the smartphone race, it’s still a drop in the bucket.

Android and iOS accounted for a massive 91.1% of all smartphone sales, which is quite astonishing. BlackBerry, while still ahead of Windows Phone (3.2% versus 2.6% for Q4) took a drastic drop from last year when it had a more comfortable 8.1% market share.  That’s a -43% fall for the Waterloo company, which of course can be ascribed to holding on to BlackBerry 7 for so long.

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We're still not sure just how many Windows Phone 8 devices both Nokia and HTC have sold thus far, but Steve Ballmer has informed shareholders in a meeting on Wednesday that Windows Phone handsets in the month since launch were 300 percent higher than the same period last year - we have growth.

Should what the executive revealed in the meeting be accurate, Windows Phone sales are increasing with the launch of new hardware. But until we see official numbers it'll remain speculation as to just how much the platform has grown by. Unfortunately, Ballmer failed to announce how many devices have been sold.

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Windows Phone has remained on a steady climb, according to data published by Kantar WorldPanel, and sits comfortably at 5% of the EU smartphone sales (for the last 12 weeks). We've previously covered Kantar data where Windows Phone was shown to be climbing in the US earlier this year. With Windows Phone 8 just around the corner, and the announcements of Windows Phone 7.8, we assumed sales would have stumped the past few months.

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It's been a busy month for the Windows Phone Marketplace and it's nice to see the momentum building. In May we've seen new apps such as AboutOne, LinkedIn, Photosynth, Baseball Live and Talkbox. Add new games such as MonstaFish, Feed Me Oil, MissileDefender, Logorama and WordHog and the Marketplace continues to build a very nice resume of titles.

We also saw updates to Facebook, WhatsApps, Rowi, Skydrive, Monster Island and our own WPCentral app. Oh, and the list of $.99 Xbox Live gaming titles continues to grow.

May was a busy month for the Windows Phone Marketplace and it doesn't look like things are going to slow down in June. There is the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) next week which we could see more Marketplace news hit the press. You also have the Nokia exclusive apps lurking in the shadows. Could we see Angry Birds Space, Madden NFL or Tiger Woods PGA Tour roll out in June?

Many criticize the Windows Phone system as lacking a strong enough Marketplace. Sure... we don't see it that way and the growth the Marketplace has had over the past month may thin our critics a bit.

We leave you with this question. As the Windows Phone Marketplace continues to grow, what is the one app or game that is missing that would make your app/game library complete?

via: Windows Phone Blog

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We took a look at the ZTE Tania last week at CES 2012 and came away quite impressed. Sure, the specs are no match for the US market but their design was actually much better than LG, Toshiba and Acer and that says something. (And we really think LG just needs to move on already).

The Tania has a wimpy 4GB of storage and a decent 5MP camera with a 4.3" screen. We argued if ZTE upped the specs to something more competitive, this design could win some hearts here in the States (and Europe).

Now we're getting word that ZTE will be trying to enter the US the market with either an Android or Windows Phone (or both), including 4G LTE bands. In a Reuters interview Lv Qianhao, head of handset strategy for ZTE stated that "The United States and China will be key engines driving our smartphone sales". Of course saying that and doing it are two different things as working with carriers is notoriously tricky here in the States and ZTE has had very little sway here so far.

The "fourth-largest mobile phone maker by shipments" has lofty ambitions, including moving into the high-end market. But with the likes of Nokia, Samsung and HTC it looks to be tight. Still, we like the Tania and think ZTE may offer a thing or two, but they will certainly need to do more than equal the competition--they'll need to surpass it. That requires innovation and the ability to 'wow' and we're still waiting for that.

Check our hands on with the ZTE Tania at CES 2012 after the break...

Source: Reuters

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Poynt growth moves past 11 million users

Poynt is a popular search engine for your Windows Phone and the company announced today that the application has surpassed 11 million users and over 2.1 billion interactions globally. The stats represent a collective between the companies Windows Phone, Android, Nokia, Blackberry and iPhone apps. The growth also represents a 158% boost in overall growth in it's user base since March of 2011.

For those not familiar with Poynt, it's a localized search application that points you in the right direction for what your searching for. Search features include quick search tiles for restaurants and businesses, weather information, turn by turn mapping, and live tile support.

Poynt is a free, Mango app and is available in India, Canada, the U.S., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Australia and the United Kingdom. You can find Poynt here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

Source: Poynt

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Looks like we've experienced some kind of problem on the Windows Phone app count line shown in the above graph measuring the amount of newly added apps. It's shown to be pretty much halted. But fear not dear chaps, I've brought along some crumpets, cups of tea and some Pimms (you just never know) to keep you all patient while we work through some possible explanations.

So we've seen a sudden halt in growth, what's the cause? Well, we must not forget that "Mango" is just around the corner and developers have been using the beta tools provided by Microsoft to update their apps by taking advantage of new APIs etc. with any new projects they're undertaking. It could well be that all apps being developed now are actually taking advantage of the features (and improvements) found in "Mango" and will be submitted once the doors open up to developers.

Then again Mark, who tipped us on this news, also made a point about developers potentially having issues with the newly updated AppHub, which is backed by some reports. The platform has previously experienced a slow down in app growth back in January, as shown in the chart above and below. This certainly isn't anything to get worked up about, I'm sure we'll experience a flood of new submissions once "Mango" submissions are opened and the update is rolled out to the public.

In the end (or if you wish to have the tl;dr version of this article) - "Mango" is coming and developers may be waiting for the submission gates to open up. Nothing to worry about, quality over quantity right?

Source: WP7Applist, thanks Mark for tipping us

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Chitika, a search-targeted advertising network who serves over 2 billion ads a month (thanks Wikipedia!), has their December results in where they parse down traffic by operating systems. The results? Windows Phone 7 did grow from 0.4% to 0.44%.

Yeesh. While technically improvement with the holiday season behind us we would have expected a sharper, more significant rise in reported traffic. Now granted, Chitika's numbers are but one ad-provider and probably don't tell the whole story (lots of factors at play here), but had the number jumped to 1% we'd probably be reporting it as positive too, so to be fair... They finally conclude with:

It’s still got a long way to go, and it’s nowhere near a threat to Android and iPhone yet, but it is growing.

For anecdotal results, TheNextWeb took a look at their traffic and found that WP7 is growing and doing pretty well, considering the competition:

I took a look into our traffic numbers here at TNW, and it seems that, at least from our vantage point, Windows Phone 7 is in fact growing much more rapidly than what Chitika reports.

They note that being a tech site, their numbers are pretty skewed, but it goes to show that Chitika's numbers are but one way of looking at these things.

Source: Chitika; via TNW

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In business, it's all about doing better. Month over month, quarter over quarter, year over year. You need to do better than before. That's growth.

And numbers published today by the analysts at Gartner show that Windows Mobile is far from dead. Specifically, worldwide sales to end users were up 12.2 percent from 2007 to 2008, giving Windows Mobile 11.8 percent of the 2008 market share, behind Symbian and Research in Motion.

OK, WinMo's growth wasn't anywhere near as strong as RIM's (96.7 percent) or Apple's (245.7 percent!) or even Palm's (42.2 percent). But it's positive growth. The Symbian OS fell 6.1 percent from 2007 to 2008 but still has a little more than half of the world's market share. (For more on that, check out Nokia Experts' own Matthew Miller over at ZDNet.)  BlackBerry has 16.6 percent of the market, followed by Windows Mobile at 11.8 percent. The iPhone came in fourth at 8.2 percent.

What's it all mean? The smartphone industry is growing by leaps and bounds. Windows Mobile isn't dead, and there's still plenty of geeky goodness to go around.

JKOnTheRun via ZDNet

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