Nokia Becomes No. 1 Maker of Windows Phone Smartphones

Nokia Turns Into World's Largest Microsoft Smartphone Vendor in One Quarter

by Anton Shilov
02/23/2012 | 11:09 PM

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global Microsoft smartphone shipments grew 36% sequentially to reach 2.7 million units in the fourth quarter of 2011. Nokia captured top position as the world’s number one Microsoft smartphone vendor in just one quarter.


“Global smartphone shipments using the Microsoft operating system grew 36% sequentially to reach 2.7 million units in Q4 2011. Microsoft smartphone shipments remain tiny, but they are showing tentative signs of growth," said Alex Spektor, associate director at Strategy Analytics.

Nokia overtook HTC and others to become the world’s largest Microsoft smartphone vendor with 33 percent market share. Nokia’s global Microsoft smartphone shipments hit 0.9 million units, as distribution of its Lumia family expanded across numerous countries and operator, according to SA.

“An expanded portfolio of Windows Phone 7 models such as the Lumia 800, an increased retail presence and highly visible marketing campaigns across several European and Asian countries drove Nokia’s growth. Nokia is by no means out of the woods yet, and it is still on a long road to recovery, but capturing top spot in the Microsoft smartphone ecosystem is an encouraging baby-step forward for the company,” said Neil Mawston, executive director at Strategy Analytics.

Mokia’s Microsoft smartphone growth during the quarter was achieved partly by capturing market share from HTC, SA claims. This is a challenging development for HTC because it is also losing ground to Samsung in the Android segment. Therefore, HTC is now at risk of being caught in a pincer movement between two giants of Samsung in Android and Nokia in Microsoft, and HTC must move with urgency to address the problem, believes Tom Kang, a director at Strategy Analytics.