Apparently, there is a lot of dissension in the Android camp these days. We suspected that the Android party would end and things would get a bit sour after Google announced that it would acquire Motorola, but we didn’t think it would happen so fast.
Most of Google’s Android device partners have been forced to sign patent licensing agreements with Microsoft, and many of them, like Samsung and HTC are working to launch a series of new Windows Phone 7.5 devices.
According to a report by ZDNet, at a recent Windows Phone 7.5 Mango launch event, HTC Singapore’s Country Manager said:
“We believe that Windows Phone 7 will eventually be better than other platforms and will give Android a run for its money.”
He also revealed that Windows Phone device sales accounted for 30% of HTC’s overall unit sales since its launch. That is a very surprising statistic, because the general perception so far has been that Windows Phone smartphone sales have been below expectations.
With the Mango upgrade, Windows Phone 7.5 is now one of the best smartphone platforms around. According to Gartner, it will overtake iOS in terms of market share by 2015. However, these new sales figures by HTC reveal that Windows Phone could end up grabbing significant market share from Android much earlier.