Once it was considered one of the most advanced devices in the world, and when it first came out, it was a surprising innovation that turned the computer into a mobile device. After some time, the hype of Windows phones surprisingly started decreasing. Windows phones have now become old fashioned and pale in the comparison of Android and iOS. Now the biggest question that comes to our mind is that what exactly happened with the Windows mobiles in the previous years? At the same time, other competitors such as BlackBerry performed pretty well in the market, even in the presence of top-notch iOS smartphones.
However, when we talk about Android, it is the game-changer, there is no one even close to this operating system as it has been the most used operating system for mobiles from a long ago. It has never faced any kind of popularity and sales issues like Windows and Blackberry. The sales of Windows phones were pretty low when compared to Android and iOS.
When Windows phones made their debut in the market, Microsoft announced a series of compatible equipment that comes out in the middle of the ’90s. These series of compatible devices actually came with the OS called Windows CE. But that time, it didn’t face any downside or popularity at all. To get the answer to why and how Windows phones went down, we will first need to understand when they become popular. The Windows enabled devices were got their name in the market in the 2000s, and after 2010, they got defeated in the market. The 2000s Windows phones are completely enabled with extensive media features s well as rich in the browsing experience.
The previous versions of Windows phones were known by the term “PDAs,” aka personal digital assistants. This is because they were not an actual calling device. They were just a kind of mini and portable computer enabled with the Windows operating system. But when 2.5G EDGE connection released the dream of making a Windows smartphone in reality accomplished.
The collapse of Windows mobile started when Apple announced its iPhone. It changed the perception of the entire world about what a smartphone really look and experience like. Before the first iPhone released, the market was ruled by Windows smartphones, digital smart devices, and PDAs. In 2008, Windows phones were still taking the lead in the smartphone market, but it never becomes more than just a piece of equipment. Unlike Windows phones, the iPhone becomes the most appealing and desired device for most of the people due to its outstanding performance and classy look. Windows Phones were pretty lame in the comparison of the iPhone, considering the point that Popular companies like Sony Ericson and HTC were the major manufacturer of Windows mobiles.
It doesn’t mean that Windows phones were not useful as they were one of the best innovations of the 2000s. Windows phones never bring into the mainstream of smartphones like Android and iOS. They just considered a companion for office workers who want a bit more advanced devices to manage their work within their smartphone.
The Termination of Windows Phones in 2010
2010 was a sad end of Windows enabled mobiles with the announcement of new Windows 8 Os for their phones. The devices now were transformed into a newer Windows version, which was modified in too many expects. This version included the series of app titles instead of showing the convenient app rows. It is also known y the name Metro update. In the Metro version of Windows phones, people were now able to see live data related to weather speculation and emails.
But the efforts made in the Metro update seem useless instead of refined experience, and most of the users decided to leave Windows phones due to poor user experience and functionality in the comparison of iPhone and Android. People showed nada interest in the Metro designed Windows phones, as well as the deal between Nokia and Microsoft, which also disappointed many users. Users were not happy at all with their Windows phones due to their weird user interface as well as confusing features.