Android may the best-selling smartphone OS in the world, and Windows Phone may less than a 3% market share, but the head of the Windows Phone division calls Android "a mess" and hints that there's confusion and chaos in Google's Android plans. Is it true or just bluster?
Head of Microsoft's Windows Phone division, Terry Myerson, said today at the D: Dive Into Mobile conference that Android is "still kind of a mess," according to AllThingsD. One of the reasons it's a mess, he claims, is that the only hardware partner making money using Android is Samsung. Beyond that, he believes that Google's decision to merge the Chrome and Android divisions spells trouble as well, saying there is "clearly mutiny in the Starship Android...as Chrome takes over Android, it’s going to be interesting."
As for Microsoft's mobile future, he believes it's all good. Of Windows Phone, he says:
"We are in a challenger role. Windows Phone is really an incredibly well-funded startup."
How much of what he says is truth, and how much bluster? I figure it mostly as bluster. Just look at the facts: IDC's most recent figures show that in the fourth quarter of 2012, Android had a 70.1% worldwide market share, to Windows Phone/Windows Mobile's 2.6% market share. In that quarter 159.8 million Android smartphones shipped, versus 6 million Windows Phone smartphones.
With each quarter, Windows Phone falls further behind Android. 74.8 million more Android devices were shipped in the fourth quarter of 2012 than in the fourth quarter of 2011, while only 3.6 million more Windows Phone devices were sold in the fourth quarter of 2012 than 2011.
Android is a "mess" with a 70.1% market share? Microsoft wishes it were lucky enough to have such a "mess" on its hands. Microsoft executives would be better off figuring out ways to gain ground against its competitors, and less time trash-talking them.