) Windows Phone platform is giving Apple (NASDAQ:
) a run for its money -- in seven nations. The Windows maker
announced this little tidbit
earlier this week. Microsoft also revealed that its mobile OS had
outsold BlackBerry (NASDAQ:
) in 26 different markets.
Overall, Windows Phone has obtained 10 percent of the market
in a "number of countries."
These vague details led to a mountain of speculation. What
were the countries in question and why weren't they listed in the
original blog post?
The New York Times
has provided a few answers. According to the famed publication,
Windows Phone beat the iPhone in six countries: Argentina, India,
Poland, Russia, South Africa and Ukraine.
What about the seventh country? It turns out that a series of
smaller nations, such as Croatia, have been lumped together in
one category that researchers at IDC refer to as the "rest of
central and eastern Europe."
Benzinga has reached out to IDC to inquire about the
identities of the 26 countries where Windows Phone reportedly
outsold BlackBerry. This article will be updated accordingly when
those details are provided.
In the meantime, it appears that China is one of those
nations. According to
, Windows Phone has already obtained seven percent of the Chinese
market. This sales surge occurred only two months after
Windows Phone also
in the United States last fall. Sales are expected to continue
growing, with an estimated
increase of 150 percent
by the end of the year.
To be fair, BlackBerry 10 was not available in 2012. While the
company (formerly known as Research In Motion) had planned to
release its next product in time for Christmas, BlackBerry
delayed the flagship OS until early 2013.
Earlier on Thursday, BlackBerry announced that it had shipped
one million BB10 handsets
during the last quarter. That is less than 10 percent of the
11.1 million BlackBerry devices
that were shipped during the three-month period. As anticipated,
the vast majority of those units were for the older OS --
While many have been quick to criticize BlackBerry's results,
Ovum analyst Jan Dawson advised reporters and investors to
until after the following quarter.
"[Observers should] wait for the next quarter's results, which
will be a much better indicator of the long-term success or
failure of the platform," he said.
Louis Bedigian is the Senior Tech Analyst and Features Writer
of Benzinga. You can reach him at 248-636-1322 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him
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