There’s no doubt that Google’s Android is currently the world’s most popular smartphone platform. The openness of the platform together with a bunch of phones on the market ranging from lowest end to highest end and carrier support make Android the platform of choice for many.
Windows Phone on the other hand is a fresh platform; it recently turned one year old and its tendency is rising in terms of market share. Digitimes research expects Android-phone shipments for 2012 that will account for 57.6% of the market. Apple will take 18.1% with 121 million units and the newcomer, Windows Phone, is expected to grab 6.2% market share, with the help of 40 million units shipped. It will be interesting to see where the rest of the market, those 18.1% (consisting of webOS, BlackBerry, Symbian, MeeGo, etc.), will be moving towards.
While we can’t place all our chips on Nokia, the Finnish manufacturer will have a huge role in making Windows Phone more popular and affordable next year. 2012 is expected to be the year Nokia will really enter the Windows Phone market and we can’t wait to see what the company that made Symbian so popular can do.