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Windows Phone is dead, Tizen is dead, long live Android!

Look, there’s nothing wrong with competition. In fact, we all welcome it, regardless of personal preferences. Android geeks, Apple fanatics, Windows Phone aficionados, surviving BlackBerry supporters, we may argue all the time and each feel like we’re in possession of the universal truth, which we want bestowed on our clueless “enemies”.


But when all is said and done, you need little more than common sense to realize Android would be nothing without iOS. And vice versa. Windows Phone, BlackBerry? They look pretty pointless right now, but one dominated the mobile world for years in a row, forcing Android and iOS to evolve, progress and thrive, while the other seemed a big threat back in the day, also keeping the two top dogs on their toes.

Only today’s nearly saturated smartphone market appears incapable of at least sustaining the idea of competition. Three years and a half after debuting in the form of Windows Phone 7, the platform is still, well, a baby. BlackBerry? They’re on the verge of kicking off yet another comeback, albeit their market share circles invisibility.


Tizen? A stillborn project, according to many. Firefox OS, Sailfish? Let’s face it, aside from people whose job is to keep tabs even on obvious tech flops, no one’s ever heard of them. Bottom line, like it or not, it’s a two-way fight for supremacy, and so it shall remain for years to come. Need more proof? Well, let’s see

Why we think Windows Phone is dead

The report that actually sparked the idea in my mind to do the piece you’re reading, and that also confirmed to me once and for all WP has no future, is this Recode story. Yes, I realize it’s unsubstantiated gossip… for now.

There’s a silver lining for Microsoft as well, since rumor has it no Windows Phones will be on display at next week’s Mobile World Congress because they’ll be saved for intros during April’s MS Build Developer Conference.

Android vs Windows

Yeah, right. Also, HTC’s M8 (or “All New One”) is to trump Samsung’s Galaxy S5 once it goes official at last. And unicorns poop rainbows. Jokes aside, no, MS did not put off fresh hardware announcements due to a grander “scheme”. They simply have nothing to showcase. At least not at the same event as the GS5.

Think about it, who of their partners is still supporting Windows Phone? Samsung? They weren’t committed in the first place, and the ATIV S was just something to test the waters for possible further investments. Needless to say it bombed at the box-office, so don’t expect any sequels.

HTC? They’re fully focused on Android, according to their own claims, not affording to gamble one penny on something other than the M8, mid-range Desires, and maybe wearables. Huawei? Puh-lease, they’re insignificant on the Western hemisphere.

Nokia X

Which only leaves Nokia, the OEM that actually unveiled a new WP8-based handheld last week. Clearly, whether the Finns want it or not, Windows Phone is their focal point.

But don’t you find it fitting, not to mention ironic, the past few weeks were probably the best in Nokia’s recent history in regards to media exposure? And no, it wasn’t due to the Lumia Icon, but a smaller, less technically impressive gizmo backed by a certain green robot.

Why we think Tizen is dead

In short, we think, nay we know Tizen is dead because everyone says so. Sure, all our mothers taught us not to trust strangers, yet in this business, there’s rarely smoke without fire. And boy, has there been a lot of smoke concerning Tizen’s precocious demise.

Samsung Tizen

What’s interesting is, at one point, Samsung stopped trying to convince us there was something to Tizen. And yes, some advanced prototypes, maybe even a “Zeke” handheld ready to see daylight, will probably visit Barcelona next week.

There’s also some rumble as to a Tizen-running Galaxy Gear smartwatch, though I personally doubt Samsung is that crazy and clueless. Unless they want to bury their wearables too.

tizen device

Either way, with or without Zeke, with or without Tizen Gear, this is going nowhere. Several hardware makers and carriers pulled the plug already, whereas Sammy likely used the platform to strong-arm Google into selling Motorola and nixing the Nexus family as we know it. Don’t believe they have that power? Oh, you are so naïve.

Who else could matter?

Short answer: nobody. Long answer: nobody in the BlackBerry – Firefox OS – Sailfish group. Not today, not tomorrow, not one or two years from now. Maybe in five or ten years, if Android or iOS drop the ball. But at that point, BB will no longer exist, Mozilla will have gone back to developing decent browsers people use when Chrome crashes, and Jolla… who the heck is Jolla anyway?


Now, we could argue and debate whether the duopoly is good or bad for the mobile industry’s forward movement in the “post-PC era”. But let’s throw objectivity and gravity aside for a moment, and enjoy our favorite operating system’s moments of glory.

It’s a great time to be an Android aficionado, isn’t it? I mean, just look at Kantar’s Q4 2013 stats, or Gartner’s Q3 numbers. Now let me hear you all shout “viva Android”.

  • SilverChariot

    Wake up from dream ! Android is not owned by anyone now… It has become an orphan adopted by cheap mobile vendors to quickly build a skin. That trend will accelerate now.

    Windows phone will be the ultimate beneficiary of this. Mark my words !

  • Þoddi

    Well, I’ll admit I didn’t read the link in the windows phone section, just the headline. I think it’s pretty irrational to think they are not showing anything in MWC because they don’t have anything. They have already shown everyone the Nokia Icon and it would have been pretty stupid of Nokia to not develop Lumia 930 along side it, because they should be basically the same phone.
    Now, about the market share thing. Even though they some what invisible in the USA, I’m going to play my they’re-actually-doing-very-good-in-Europe card. I mean come on, 10% is pretty good. If I remember my numbers correct, if they keep on the way they have been going, by next year they’ll be in iPhone territory.
    Their market share has been more or less doubling year over year for some time now. In my opinion you shouldn’t say they’re doomed until they actually start falling.
    Ohh, I almost forgot, if Samsung and HTC and others are not going to make windows phones and there will only be Nokia left, wont they just in the same place they are now?

  • Gregory Lowe

    If so many people are happy with Android why do so many the first thing they do is root them? Why do many companies skin Android? Why do so many Androids ship with viruses out of the box? Why would providers put so much bloatware on an Android that can’t be uninstalled so you can install a few of the 600K apps on Google Play? Why does Android lag when I search for something on the phone? Example nearly 800 contacts? I had one for work. People don’t know how smooth a Windows Phone is until they try one. Microsoft problem is they charge too much to get there foot in the door. Take the $900 million write off of Surface RT. They could of sold more if the started at a lower price. People always call my Titan, 1020 & Surface Pro iPhones & iPads. There’s a lot of people that don’t know the difference. Don’t forget manufacturers pay Microsoft to use Android. They make more money from Android sells than Windows Phone. That’s the real reason Google doesn’t charge for it.

  • tom

    Go fuck your self windows phone is doing very good. Android sucks!

  • jabberwolf

    Windows is also huge in Brazil and India.
    So maybe Android heads are inflated about now.
    The App store is now very large and only MS has integration of Skype and lync approaching along with an easy sky/one drive. I do think the 2 dominating Oses will be Droid and Windows phone in the next 5 years.

  • thesafesurfer

    Funny thing is I’m getting the Lumia Icon tomorrow because Android simply does not handle my exchange server as well as a windows phone does, and gmail is a horrible substitute for Outlook snyced by exchange server.
    Google docs and gmail will never replace Outlook and Office in enterprise because I own Outlook and Office on my hard drive while Gmail and Google Docs are cloud based. There is no substitute for a business owning their own software free and clear, and the windows phone works with the software that business owners own much better than Android.

  • Devon Day

    Never have I had such a great mobile device before I got my Windows Phone. No Android device that I’ve tried been able to compete with the beauty, fluidity, and speed of my midrange Windows Phone. WP is here to stay. Sorry Android fans, but you’ve got nothing worth my while

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