Folks, numbers don’t lie. Android OS has taken a clear majority of the smartphone market over the past year and competitors seem to be falling behind. Why is it that Windows 8 is even being considered as a competitor when it now only controls 9% of the Mobile OS Market? Keep reading to hear the top 5 reasons that won’t be happening.
1. Windows Marketplace?

One of the main reasons for choosing one mobile OS over another is it’s app store. While Android and IOS currently boast close to 500,000 apps each, the Windows Marketplace has yet to break the 10,000 mark. This is clearly an area where they must catch-up if they want to stay a competitor.

2. “Closed”-Source

We can all agree that having an open-source operating system is a great advantage. Like IOS, Windows Phone 7 lacks this feature that gives the user “admin” capabilities. From wallpapers to custom notification vibrations, open-source gives the “super-user” total control.

3. Widget-less

Widgets have become iconic in the eyes of Android users, and even Apple is copying Android’s approach with their latest release of iOS. Without question, Windows 8 will not be sporting this feature in their “metro-style” UI.

4. Hardware

Windows has gotten off to a terribly slow start and due to this, they are lacking in the category of hardware. More specifically, Android can be found on tens of manufactures devices. On the other hand, Windows Phone can only be found on 4 manufacturers hardware; Dell, Acer, HTC, and LG.

5. Feature Deprived

Windows 8 is a radical redesign. Simply put, smartphone users have grown accustomed to having more accessibility, greater customization, and Windows 8 is pretty rigid and fixed in the way it relays interface. While this may be good for some, it will certainly never be enough for it to achieve critical mass, and become a runaway success.


And there you have it, don’t expect to see Windows 8 holding the majority of smartphone OS market share anytime soon. Anyone beg to differ?

Matthew Sabatini
Matt has been an Android fanatic since the original Motorola Droid. In addition to designing web pages, running his own company, and going to school, he finds time to write for Android Authority. Matt still owns that good old Droid 1 and a Xoom Family Edition.