Price cuts helped Japan's Sony Corp. become the No. 4 smartphone maker in key European markets in July-September, overtaking Nokia
Sony still trailed Samsung Electronics, Apple
“Sony has dropped prices a lot over the last six months,” said Kantar analyst Dominic Sunnebo, noting that the average retail price of a Sony smartphone is less than half that of market leader Samsung Electronics.
Sony jumps to number 4 in Europe
Sunnebo said Sony, which bought Ericsson
Cheaper models such as Nokia's Lumia 610 meanwhile helped Microsoft's
“Windows is making steady progress in the big European economies and is now challenging BlackBerry for third spot in the European OS league,” said Sunnebo. With a new version of Windows Phone coming out this quarter, it is highly likely that Microsoft's platform will overtake RIM's this year, he added.
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