Windows Mobile gains market share… in Latin America
Although many see Windows Mobile 6.5 as an almost dead platform, it looks like the OS is actually gaining market share in Latin America.
While talking about the upcoming launch of Windows Phone 7 Series OS in the region, Doug Smith (Microsoft’s Latin American director of mobile communications) said that two companies grew in the smartphone market over the past 12 months: Microsoft and RIM.
According to Business News Americas, Windows Mobile’s smartphone market share is 26% in Brazil and 24% in Mexico.
Together, Brazil and Mexico have about 250 million mobile subscribers. Sure enough, only a small part of them use smartphones, but Windows Moible’s market share in these countries is still somewhat impressive.
(HTC HD2 Mini with Windows Mobile 6.5.3)
As for Windows Phone 7, this will be available in Latin America at the same time when it’s launched in other regions – in late 2010. After that, Windows Mobile will be rebranded to become Windows Phone Classic.