November 29, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
How loyal are you to Android? Loyal enough to resist the tile-tastic UI available in Windows Phone 7?
For the majority of mobile phone users in the United States, that answer is a resounding ‘Yes.’ The latest stats shared by Nielsen show that Android remains the dominant operating system thanks to a 42.8 percent market share. Meanwhile, iOS remains second at 28.3 percent and Windows Phone 7 is relegated to an afterthought at only 1.2 percent. The combined might of Samsung and HTC WP7 devices barely stack up to one-tenth of what either manufacturer does individually.
Microsoft isn’t taking that lightly. When the company isn’t busy forcing Android OEM’s into paying royalties for alleged patent violations, the men and women of Redmond are cooking up demos that show Android and iOS users what they are missing by not being on WP7. By going to http://aka.ms/wpdemo from an Android browser, users can get an idea of what it’s like to use Windows Phone. The demo is obviously not as fluid as you’ll find on an actual WP7 device, but it gets in the mind and makes you wonder – what else could this do for me?
While I’ve given Microsoft credit for Metro UI being a truly beautiful take on mobile, I still haven’t found it in my heart to ditch Android. This demo doesn’t do the trick either, but I don’t blame them for trying something new. Microsoft can’t even convince its legacy Windows Mobile users to switch to Windows Phone, so it’s tough to compete in a world where Android vs. iPhone is the only realistic comparison that most consumers make. Since Nielsen’s report in July, Android has grown slightly from 39 to 42 percent and iOS from 28 percent to 28.3. Windows has struggled to put a dent in either.