I try to keep an eye on the latest statistics for mobile phones, with a view to delivering apps for the most commonly available mobile operating systems. This is usually restricted to Android and iOS. With a take-up of around 2 or 3% Windows Phone has been largely discounted (see StatCounter on http://gs.statcounter.com/#mobile_os-GB-monthly-201206-201306)
However, last Friday, an app that I created was tested with secondary school students from Ralph Allen school. The app itself was intended for prospective students thinking of studying Physics at Bath:
This is very different to what I expected using the UK data from StatCounter:
I hope this is just a blip due to the small sample size (n=14) or demographic group. However, I have met quite a few people recently with a Window Phone that say they really like the phone, and would not consider using another.
For myself, I am ambivalent about the hardware platform and don’t have a strong preference for any of the main mobile operating systems. However, having another platform to support is a bit of a pain from a development view-point. Previously, it looked like Android and iOS were the main contenders. Although I am hoping this is just a blip, it is just possible that there is something else going-on, and this is a wake-up call. In the future I may be looking to deliver to 3 platforms rather than 2.
For further information about the Physics App, please see: