Windows Phone 7 Now Outselling Symbian In The UK

According to the latest data from Kantar ComTech, Windows Phone is now outselling Symbian in the UK smartphone market.

That's not a great surprise seeing as the data we saw for last month pegged Windows Phone 7 close behind with a 2.2% market share compared to Symbian's 2.8%.

Bloomberg reports that the latest Kantar ComTech figures show that Symbian's swift descent continues, with the OS falling to 2.4%, passed by Microsoft's mobile platform which moved up to a 2.5% share - powered mainly by Nokia and the Lumia 800. Indeed, the Lumia 800 represents 87% of all European Windows Phone 7 device sales.

Dominic Sunnebo, Kantar analyst, noted: "The fact that Windows Phone sales have overtaken Symbian based on one handset is encouraging. However, Nokia will need to expand the range quickly in order to keep up with the slew of next generation competitor products being launched in quarter two."

The analyst firm had previously predicted that Windows Phone 7 will achieve around an 8% market share come the end of 2012, finally making some serious in-roads after a very lacklustre 2011.

Overtaking Symbian, however, isn't exactly a major achievement, given that Nokia's abandoned "burning platform" has sunk rapidly from a 12% share this time last year. It will soon dwindle to next to nothing - although there is that rather nice 41 megapixel Nokia 808 Pureview phone which may spark a few sales.

However, the real fun will start when Nokia can get that sort of camera technology aboard Windows Phone handsets, along with the Apollo update later this year and multi-core smartphones to keep pace with the latest Android quad-cores.

That could be the real turning point for the operating system's market share, with both Nokia and Microsoft firmly hoping that'll be the case. The sights are firmly set on Rim...