Kantar Wordpanel: “… we expect to see signs of Android, RIM and iOS customers switching to the Microsoft platform.”

Kantar Worldpanel have released their market share numbers for the 12 weeks ending May 2012 and as has been usual recently, it reads as pretty good news for Windows Phone.

They note that Windows Phone now held over 3% market share in most major markets, with its share highest in Germany and the US.

In Italy Windows Phone market share increased from 2.9% to 3.2% April to May, and in US it maintained a 3.6% market share.  The launch of the Nokia Lumia 610 in Australia helped move Windows Phone market share from 1.6% to a more reasonable 3.5%.

It also seems Microsoft achieved their goal with Windows Phone, with the majority of WP7 customers in the US being first time smartphone owners. Windows Phone has also finally started convincing Windows Mobile users that it is a worthy upgrade option instead of Android.

Sunnebo adds: “Our data clearly shows that in the US, LTE/4G handset capability is crucial for brands wanting to steal existing smartphone consumers. As WP7 handsets with this capability start to become more prevalent, we expect to see signs of Android, RIM and iOS customers switching to the Microsoft platform.”

The limited numbers show clear momentum for the platform, which is making slow but very steady progress in market share.

See the full release here and the numbers after the break.

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Via Elmundo.es

Thanks Arun for the tip.

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