Nokia making a strong comeback in Finland, Windows Phone market share now at 19%

March 1, 2013 at 11:55 GMT | By Darlington Moyo

Although not considered to be the de facto standard in stats, StatCounter is still a great tool for watching how markets evolve and how mobile platforms are doing in general. I suppose it can be said it's a case of reading and believing what you want to.

Well, that's the case with Windows Phone market share in Finland since the introduction of the Nokia Lumia 800 in February of 2012. It is absolutely incredible that the Windows Phone market share now stands at 18.88% after only being launched a year ago in Finland. These are of course special circumstances as Finland is the home of Nokia.

Stats are based on aggregate data collected by StatCounter on a sample exceeding 15 billion page-views per month collected from across the StatCounter network of more than 3 million websites.Here is how they stand in Finland:

  • iOS - 34.95%

  • Android - 32.65%

  • Windows Phone - 18.88%

  • SymbianOS - 6.13%

  • Series 40 - 5.57%

  • MeeGo - 0.98%

  • Linux - 0.21%

  • Maemo 5 - 0.18%

It's worth noting that Windows Phone gains have largely been at the expense of Nokia's outgoing Symbian platform which stood at 17% at the same time last year. Apples iOS also dropped from 38.21% to 34.65, while Google's Android stayed static at around 32%.

While Windows Phone is making a slow and painful rise in the US, other markets like Germany, Poland and UK have seen a strong uptake. Recently, market research company Kantar found that the user base of Windows Phones in Britain has grown by 700,000 in the past year, making an increase of 240 per cent year-on-year. Looking at the market overall in the three months to January 2013, Windows Phone market share stood at 6.2 per cent in the UK, up from 2.4 per cent this time last year. Also, an IDC analyst recently confirmed that the Windows Phone market share in Poland stood at a healthy 16.3%.

One gets the feeling that it won't be long before Windows Phone is at par with Android and iOS in Finland. The arrival of the juggernaut Nokia Lumia 920 alongside its Windows Phone 8 siblings, the Lumia 520, 620, 720 and 820 should do the trick. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • About the Author

    Darlington is a self-confessed smartphone junkie. Some are convinced he has a Microsoft tatoo hidden somewhere on his body. When he is not writing about Windows Phone, he is reading about it. Current device » Nokia Lumia 920. Xbox Gamertag » MthOmnia - Add me

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