As for Windows 8 Phone, stick a fork in it, it's done
It's official, windoze phone is a flop. Nokia needs to get an Android machine ASAP.
On ZDNet now....
A quick glance at comScore's latest numbers on smartphone operating systems reveals no real surprises. Android is still number one, with 53.4 percent of the market, a slight gain over the previous quarter; Apple's iOS is still number two, with 36.3 percent of the market and a significant uptick of 2 percent; and Windows Phone is fourth, behind BlackBerry, with 2.9 percent, a drop of 0.7 percent.
Wait. What? Wasn't the arrival of Windows Phone 8 supposed to finally give Microsoft mobile operating systems a long-needed kick in the pants?
Well, yes actually it was. Windows Phone 8, along with Windows 8 and the Surface devices, was supposed to reinvent Microsoft. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer claimed that in the first month of sales Windows Phone 8 sales had seen a 300 percent jump over Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 7.5 sales. And, the top-of-the-line Windows Phone 8, the Nokia Lumia 920, got generally favorable reviews. So, what went wrong?
Behind the hype, I think Google hit the nail on the head. The Android giant said it had no plans to build apps for Windows Phone 8 because they're not enough users. Well, based on comScore's numbers, it looks like Google Apps product management director Clay Bavor was right and Ballmer was... misinformed. There really isn't much user interest out there in Windows Phone 8 devices.
Whether Windows Phone 8 is really much good isn't the question. The simple fact is that Microsoft hasn't been successful in making people believe that smartphones with Windows Phone 8 are better than Android phones or Apple iPhones.
Like me, all you do is post Nokia hit pieces that use these illegitimate sources like comScore and Bloomberg.Don't you see what this board needs is rock solid and completely unbiased data sources like Nokiapoweruser and WMpoweruser? And don't forget the best seller lists. Because that is just incontrovertible evidence that Nokia is selling phones.
Tragicomic is the word that comes to mind with the level of denial around here.
I've seen investor bias before, and even suffered it myself on Nokia recently, but I've never seen anything like some of these Nokia longs. It seems not even bankruptcy will convince of the error of their ways. As Nokia's parts are sold off one by one at pennies to the dollar (probably to MSFT with Elop's mission finally accomplished), they'll be clutching their plastic junk phone singing the virtues of odd looking cumbersome tiles and a Pureview camera from every mountain top.
It took Android few years to even gain ground. In fact, it is Samsung that got people more interested in Android...you can see how HTC has failed miserably with that.
WP8 needs time to gain ground and patience. Problem most people on this board like yourself wants to double their money over night. You have better odds betting Red at the roulette table if that's what you're looking for.
If you do believe WP8 has failed than short the stock. People only learn from their own mistakes.