Windows Phone grabs one in ten smartphone sales in Europe
The two sides were locked together at 9-9 heading into the singles rubber and, with things remaining tight throughout the day at Saint-Nom-La-Breteche Golf Club in Paris, it was eventually left to Francesco Molinari to secure the all-important point in the anchor match against Chris Wood. Just as he did for Europe at the Ryder Cup last year, the Italian held his nerve to seal victory, with his 3&2 win over Wood ensuring that Jose Maria Olazabal’s Europe side won the trophy for the first time in seven attempts. Europe 15 GB & Ire 13 (Singles results) Colsaerts won 1up vs Casey Luiten lost 3&2 vs Fleetwood Bjorn halved with Khan Bourdy won 4&3 vs Jamieson Olesen lost 4&3 vs Warren Manassero won 3&2 vs Gallacher Ilonen lost 2&1 vs Lawrie Jimenez won 6&4 vs Lynn Molinari won 3&2 vs Wood The day had started in dramatic fashion with GB & Ireland’s Simon Khan forced to pull out of the singles with a back injury. Instead of making a draw to see which European player would not play, Danish veteran Thomas Bjorn volunteered to stand down to allow his younger team-mates the chance to compete. That point was shared and the first full point of the day was secured by Tommy Fleetwood, who produced an excellent display to claim the scalp of in-form Dutchman Joost Luiten with a 3&2 triumph. In the top match, Jamie Donaldson had led Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano for the majority of the contest, but the Spaniard hit back late on to claim an important half and, soon afterwards, big-hitting Nicolas Colsaerts got the better of Paul Casey with a one-up success. France’s home hero Gregory Bourdy then made history as he thrashed Scott Jamieson 4&3 becoming, in the process, the first player ever to take five points from five in the Seve Trophy. Close finish Europe hit back straightaway as Scotland’s Marc Warren beat Thorbjorn Olesen by the same margin but, even at that stage, Europe looked to be in charge as they took control of the remaining matches. Italian youngster Matteo Manassero produced a superb long-range birdie putt across the 16th green to secure a 3&2 win over Stephen Gallacher. When Spanish veteran Miguel Angel Jimenez followed that with a thumping 6&4 success over a ‘flu-ridden David Lynn, Europe were just a half point from victory. Paul Lawrie forced them to wait as he beat Mikko Ilonen 2&1 to make the overall scoreline 14-13 and then it was all down to Molinari.
Francesco Molinari beat Chris Wood 3 and 2 in the last singles match to give Continental Europe the winning point, and its first victory since the inaugural contest in 2000. It had lost the last six meetings. “They were determined to win,” Continental Europe captain Jose Maria Olazabal said. “Sometimes the determination helps and I think it did this time.” The teams were tied 9-9 at the end of play Saturday and were still level 12-12 after the first six singles matches on Sunday. Simon Khan of England couldn’t play because of a back injury, meaning his match against Thomas Bjorn was halved, while Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano rallied from two down after eight holes to split the point with Jamie Donaldson . Nicolas Colsaerts birdied Nos. 15 and 17 to protect his slim lead and edge Paul Casey by a hole. Joost Luiten had won four matches in the competition, but lost 3 and 2 to Tommy Fleetwood , who went three up on the front nine. Gregory Bourdy of France became the first player to win five points in a single Seve Trophy, making six birdies to rout Scott Jamieson 4 and 3. After Marc Warren thrashed Thorbjorn Olesen 4 and 3, Matteo Manassero defeated Stephen Gallacher 3 and 2 to give Continental Europe a 13-12 lead before Miguel Angel Jimenez pushed Britain and Ireland to the brink by dominating David Lynn 6 and 4. Paul Lawrie beat Mikko Ilonen 2 and 1 to keep alive his team’s hopes of a tie that would have forced a greensomes sudden death playoff. “They were very strong.
Seve Trophy: Europe beat GB & Ireland 15-13 to win trophy for second time
In the three months to August, Windows Phone accounted for 9.2 percent of sales across the U.K., Germany, France, Italy, and Spain, proving especially popular in France (12 percent) and the U.K. (10.8 percent), according to figures from analysts at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. These are its highest ever sales numbers and take Microsoft’s platform to within one percentage point of matching sales of Apple’s iconic iPhone on the largest market of all, Germany. Android remains on top of the pile with 70.1 percent of sales to August although its growth rates have tailed off compared to its rivals. “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. These models are hitting the sweet spot with 16- to 24-year-olds and 35- to 49-year-olds, two key groups that look for a balance of price and functionality in their smartphone,” said Dominic Sunnebo, strategic insight director at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. Android’s growth was being driven by Samsung’s marketing effort, ahead of other firms developing for the platform, Sony, HTC, and LG, in that market share order. “After years of increasing market share, Android has now reached a point where significant growth in developed markets is becoming harder to find,” he said. What the figures suggest is that there is a natural ceiling for any platform and Android has probably reached that. There is also room for three platforms although with only 2.4 percent of sales that will not include the “fourth way” of BlackBerry. Longer term, Microsoft’s growth on the back of its acquisition of Nokia is likely to be in the mid-market sector. Exactly how Apple and Microsoft will fare is hard to call but it looks possible that Windows Phone will move into second place in Europe in the next two years; Apple’s year-on-year numbers dropped from 16.1 percent to 14.1 percent. This contrasts with the U.S. where Apple’s sales remained strong at 39.3 percent, Sunnebo said.