It’s about time Microsoft push for a few more phones for its Windows Phone platform. We see endless numbers of models being released by all varieties of OEMs running Android, and the only time a new WP7 phone is released, it’s so rare. I would have thought all the incessant advertising of the Lumia 800 (which I think is fantastic, by the way) in the UK would get WP7 noticed a bit more, but it hasn’t had much of an effect yet. It seems clear to me, however, that only time will tell before people actually start to try WP. And when they do, they’ll be sucked into its incredible interface and ease of use, as well as its ever increasing marketplace, Xbox Live games, Microsoft Office, SkyDrive functions, and overall fantastic user experience. I cannot sing its praises enough. The Nokia Lumia 900 looks an absolute beast.
Also, WP7’s share in Germany has reached 6%, which is very impressive for a relatively new OS trying to crack a huge duopoly in one of the markets that doesn’t usually favour Microsoft products. However, in the UK the marketshare remains about 1% or so, while in the US it’s reaching 2%. Not groundbreaking my any means, no, but it’s a start. There’s certainly more to come, especially when Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 come about.
So I’d like to see a few more additions to the current roster of Windows Phones. The HTC Titan II NEEDS to come to the UK. As does the Lumia 900, it should arrive in about a week. The Samsung Focus 2 is also supposed to be good. LG are not committing to WP7 for the forseeable future, which isn’t the greatest shame as their company’s going down anyway. Samsung and HTC are by far the most powerful OEMs to have on your side, apart from, of course, Nokia.
Furthermore, I want to see retailers actually push sales of Windows Phones. Too many of them are resistant to talking about them when I ask. They have none of it, they’re too busy explaining why the HTC One X is what I want. I’ve tried it, and it’s good, but it’s no Windows Phone. The reason they don’t push Windows Phone is that even they haven’t tried it. Especially in Phones4u, apparently the biggest UK seller of Windows Phones, they need to educate their staff on the full range of OS, because otherwise they’re sure to have pre-determined opinions. People fear change, when really, change is what keeps things interesting.