Windows overtakes Symbian in the UK

The numbers of smartphones with Microsoft Windows software have surpassed those using Nokia’s old Symbian system in Britain.

According to research released by Kantar, the figures for the last three months to mid-February, after the launch of Nokia’s Windows-based Lumia 800 model, showed Microsoft’s market share rose 5-fold to 2.5 percent in the British market.

Market share for Symbian decreased to 2.4 percent from 12.4 percent a year earlier, according to Kantar.

Generally though the British market is dominated by Google’s Android with a 48.5 percent share and Apple with 28.7 percent.

Kantar claims that the result shows how well Nokia had shifted to Windows Phone 7 (WP7) and there were strong signs that WP7 Nokia handsets are starting to make an impact on the European smartphone market. Lumia 800 took 87 percent of Windows Phone sales in Britain

Kantar analyst Dominic Sunnebo said that the fact that WP7 sales have overtaken Symbian based on one handset is encouraging.

He warned that Nokia will need to expand its range quickly in order to keep up with next generation competitor products being launched in the second quarter.