Ahead of the formal transfer of Nokia's hardware business to Microsoft in exchange for a few dollars, a new report out today details how dominant the Finnish handset company is in the Windows Phone market. According to AdDuplex, Nokia now controls 90 percent of the Windows Phone market.
That's to say that 9 out of 10 Windows Phone handsets in the market today were made by Nokia.
The VAR Guy remains upbeat about Microsoft’s overall business strategy. But oh… the smartphone market continues to be a really sore point. The Microsoft-Nokia smartphone partnership is losing — rather than gaining — market share, and Nokia is cutting 10,000 employees.
Samsung has slipped past Nokia, selling 90 million handsets in the first quarter of this year to become the world’s largest mobile phone company, ending Nokia’s 14-year reign at number one, according to a new market report just published.
According to Verizon, a new Nokia phone is set to land in the United States. Dubbed the “Icon,” the Lumia handset sports a 5-inch screen, a 20-megapixel camera, a quad-core processor, and a 2420 mAh battery.
The device looks, as The Verge’s Tom Warren correctly points out, like a smaller version of the Lumia 1520, a phone already in the market. The Icon name appears to be final.
While Nokia continues to work on clawing back some of the once-market-leading smartphone business it has lost in the last few years to Apple and Android handset makers like Samsung, it has also slowly been building out a business based around its mapping and navigation division, rebranded as HERE earlier this year.