Microsoft mobile OS still only holds around three per cent market share.
While Windows Phone devices may only account for around three per cent market share, it was announced this week that smartphones on the Microsoft mobile OS outstripped iPhone in seven countries during Q4, Mashable has reported.
The announcement was made via a blog post from Frank Shaw, Microsoft’s head of public relations.
However, after The New York Times asked IDC – the research company that provided the data – which countries saw Windows Phone outsell iPhone, it emerged that one of the seven countries was, in fact, a group of smaller countries categorised as ‘the rest of central and Eastern Europe’.
The other six countries proper were Argentina, India, Poland, Russia, South Africa and Ukraine.
To contextualise the stats, IDC analyst Kevin Restivo pointed out that Windows Phone sold less than 100,000 units during Q4 2012 in Ukraine, South Africa and ‘the rest of central and eastern Europe’.
He also noted that Windows Phone performs expecially well in nations that are renowned strongholds for Nokia.