Selling a Windows Phone-based device has been a struggle for Microsoft and its various smartphone partners in the past. Indeed, a recent report claims that Windows Phone is now the sixth most popular mobile OS with just 1.9 percent of the market. However, Nokia decided to double down on Windows Phone, starting with the launch of the Lumia 800 in Europe in November.
Now a new report from Strategy Analytics reports that that Windows Phone is actually showing signs of life, and a lot of that is due to Nokia. The report states:
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 operators.
The report says that while Nokia still has a long way to go before it recovers, the recent sales reports for the Lumia line up are "encouraging."
Nokia released the Lumia 710 in the US in January. It is planning to launch the Lumia 900 in the US sometime in March via AT&T and the company will likely reveal even more upcoming Windows Phone-based devices on Monday at the World Mobile Congress trade show.