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Nokia in Control of Windows Phone Sales

Couple of weeks ago we heard that the Finnish company was controlling almost 45% of second generation Windows Phone device sales. This has been confirmed by the most recent figures, suggesting that Nokia accounted for 48% of the Windows Phone 7 market in the fourth quarter.

The close proximity of the two figures clearly shows the dominance of Nokia in the Windows Phone market. The most recent Windows Phone handset introduced by Nokia is its Lumia which is with no doubt attractive and reliable. It would be a good idea to include some more figures to see the growth of Windows Phone. The Canalys says that in the fourth quarter of 2011 around 2.5 million Windows Phone handsets were shipped. WMPowerUser critically compared these figures and shows us where exactly Windows Phones sit in the market:

In total Canalys estimates 6.8 million Windows Phones were shipped in 2011, a pretty low number. With 2.85 million handsets shipped at launch in Q4 2010 that brings a total of around 9.65 million handsets shipped so far.

When compared with larger smartphone market, these statistics give Windows Phone 2% of the total share. These are perfectly in line with the comment made by Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer that WP7 has taken the company from ‘small, to small’ in terms of mobile market share. It is obvious that the Windows Phone is all set to make its way into the smartphone market, though at a steady slow pace in future.

The current trends seem to support Windows Phone, but still it is too early to say anything about the future of Windows Phone handsets.

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