By Asavin Wattanajantra, writer at Metia.



Some interesting news for developers – the market share for Windows Phone is growing across Europe, hitting double digit sales figures in France and the UK.

Windows Phone-based devices now account for 9.2 per cent of smartphone sales across Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. In the UK and France, it is 10.7 and 12 per cent respectively.

Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, which supplied the data, said the growth of Windows Phone is being pushed by Nokia's expansion into the low and mid-range markets with the Lumia 520 and 620 handsets.

Strategic insight director Dominic Sunnebo said, "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."

The figures show that there is increasing interest in Windows Phone, particularly with the impressive Nokia Lumia smartphones a great alternative to people looking for something different from iOS and Android.

And with the recent release of the high-end Nokia Lumia 1020, you have a great smartphone with a market leading 41-megapixel camera, which has been very well reviewed.

With more people using the Lumia smartphones, there are increasing opportunities to develop on a platform which is only growing. Here is more information on how to create great apps for Windows Phone.