CES 2013: Windows Phone 8 sales rising
Windows Phone 8 sales are increasing from last year, but we still don't know if it's enough
Microsoft said that Windows Phone 8 sales are up over last year but it's unclear if this boost is enough to make this platform a credible third player to Android and iPhone.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer unexpectedly showed up during the CES 2013 Qualcomm keynote and he touted the relationship between the two companies. He spoke kindly about the Nokia Lumia 920 and then gave us some indication that Windows Phone 8 sales are up.
"In November, we reported that sales were four times greater than the same time last year and during the week of Christmas, we sold five times more phones than the same week last year," Ballmer said.
It's definitely good news for Microsoft and when you combine this with Sprint's coming support for Windows Phone, this mobile platform may be gaining some momentum. The problem is that it may not be enough.
We're big fans of the look and feel of Windows Phone 8 and I think the HTC Windows Phone 8X has the best feel of any handset around. The problem is that Microsoft didn't give any hard numbers on sales, so it's unclear how far behind it is. I mean, five times next to nothing is still not great (we know that the initial Windows Phone sales run was "very small").
Meanwhile, Android is activating one million devices a day and the iPhone routinely sells tens of millions of units each quarter. Microsoft could sell a lot more units than last year and still drop in market share, thanks to the overall expansion of the smartphone market. Research In Motion is also close to releasing its BlackBerry 10 OS and this may also woo users away from Microsoft.
So, it's good news for Windows Phone 8 ... kind of.