Kantar: Nokia drives Windows Mobile sales across Europe

Microsoft's Windows Phone platform posted its highest sales share to date of 9.2 per cent across the five major European markets of the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain, and is now within one percentage point of iOS in Germany, according to latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. Windows Phone has hit double-digit sales share figures in France and the UK with 10.8 per cent and 12 per cent, respectively. That marks the first time Windows Phone has recorded double digits in two major markets, the report added. Not surprisingly, it is Nokia that is driving this expansion, according to Kantar. Nokia has been by far the largest Windows Phone OEM and Microsoft is in the process of acquiring the company's handset business. Windows Phone's latest wave of growth is being driven by Nokia's expansion into the low and mid-range market with the Lumia 520 and 620 handsets. Android remains the top operating system across Europe with a 70.1 per cent market share, but its dominant position is increasingly threatened as its growth trails behind both Windows and iOS, the report added. Report