Can Windows Phone 8 become as ubiquitous as Android?

DrSunil Vaswani April 3, 2013
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Can the Windows Phone 8 become as ubiquitous as Android? Can it become as common as Android with apps also as voluminous as Android?

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  1. Jose Juan
    July 1, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    I now have a Nokia Lumia 620, company phone, and own an HTC One X. I'm an honest Crapple hater, and the way I see things going, there is no way Windows Phone will go beyond the next 5 years before completely fading into a bad memory.

    Android is evolving at "you-WILL-puke" speeds, and MS doesn't seem too concerned about making their system available to the developer ecosystem.

    So, I guess all this means that NO, it will never be as ubiquitous as Android.

  2. susendeep dutta
    April 29, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Windows phone OS can be ubiquitous only when it shows much flexibility as Android does.It's because of this factor,the entire ecosystem gets stalled.Although,its app store is increasing but it needs some of the needy apps that people use in everyday life.

    It needs to reduce the amount of limitations imposed but not in a way that it dilutes its value.

  3. Alyshia Gordon
    April 7, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Windows lacks the flexibility of Android. The entire system of 8 is just there. Not much customizing. Android is pretty much a canvas for you to create.
    And, not to mention, all the apps for android that windows phones lack. and the fact that it uses Zune... Ehhh...

  4. Aditya Salve
    April 6, 2013 at 7:29 am

    As of Q3 2012, the market shares are

    Android 75%
    iOS 14.9%
    Windows Mobile 1.5%

    Unless Windows 8 comes out with some 'revolutionary' changes, things would remain the same for atleast the next few years. Considering all the major players have hit a plateau with no revolutionary concept in sight, future looks bleak for Windows.

    http://thenextweb.com/mobile/2012/11/01/android-grabs-75-0-market-share-in-q3-followed-by-14-9-for-ios-and-4-3-for-blackberry/

  5. Oron Joffe
    April 4, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Difficult to say what will happen in the distant future. Remember that it was not until Windows 3.1 (or perhaps 3.1.1) that Windows started to sell well, and it really only took off with Windows 95... Android has some very attractive features, including being free to the manufacturer, and open (both a plus and a minus). Apple's iOS is a very finely crafted system, but no-one but Apple can use it. Windows Phone is a little more efficient in using resources than Android, and some people like its interface better... So, if Windows Phone continues to develop and improve, and if MS plays its card right in terms of pricing, then it will become more popular, but as ubiquitous as Android? Maybe in the very long term, but by then, who knows what else might happen?

  6. Vishal S
    April 4, 2013 at 8:22 am

    android is most powerful os in the world nobody can compete it even ios fail in front of android

  7. Joel Thomas
    April 4, 2013 at 6:57 am

    No (probably)
    as wp8 has less apps
    is not open for indie developers

  8. Saikat Basu
    April 4, 2013 at 5:05 am

    Then, companies also benefit from the mistakes of their competitors. Will Android and iOS slip up somewhere down the line? Even if WP8 positions itself as the third strong alternative, that's a big chunk of the pie. Compared to the state they are in Nokia would welcome it. Today, there was a news item of Blackberry declining and WP8 rising - Windows Phone's share has more than doubled to 6.7% during the past 12 months.
    [Source: http://www.mobiletoday.co.uk/News/24822/BlackBerry_continues_share_decline_as_Windows_Phone_8_rises.aspx%5D

  9. Dave Parrack
    April 3, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Anything is possible. I like Windows Phone and, unlike some, think it has a future. It's a long way behind iOS and Android though, and it will take a long time for it to catch up.

  10. Harshit J
    April 3, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Windows Phone can become ubiquitous as android. Microsoft just needs to solve the basic features that are still not available on WP like notification center, real freedom for web browsers to use their own browser engines, android like volume controls etc.

  11. Nikhil Goswami
    April 3, 2013 at 9:37 am

    WP8 is good... Comparing it with Android, IMO it is a lil early...

  12. Saikat Basu
    April 3, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Well, this is a difficult one to answer because it will call for predictions and some trend forecasting. Popularity of a platform depends a lot on manufacturer strength also. Android is spread across many different types of devices including tablets and Smart TVs. Windows Phone 8 is still confined to Nokia. For uniformity, it is a good thing. WP8 is somewhere in between the openness of Android and the restriction of iOS. WP8 is aesthetically very nice...much better than Android in my opinion. So, that's another good sign. But some big names ares till missing I think like Instagram. WP8 has to bring them in first.

    • Harshit J
      April 3, 2013 at 12:24 pm

      No need to care about Instagram. It may come sooner thanks to Nokia's efforts. Also a new new app called Instagraph is coming to WP that uses Instagram API. But the most important thing is that Instagram is just an over-rated app providing nothing extraordinary. Lots of people waste time on it. Good filter apps are already available on WP which provide more features than Instagram. I think people will be better off without Instagram on WP.

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