The first result of Microsoft and Nokia partnership – Lumia 710 and Lumia 800 – were unveiled in the market late last year. Within a couple of months, it has left behind HTC to become the largest Windows Phone 7 vendor in the world.
According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, in the fourth quarter of 2011, 2.7 million Windows Phone handsets were shipped globally. This figure was 36% more than the number of handsets shipped a quarter before. Of those 2.7 million handsets, 900,000 were sold by Nokia itself, giving the Finland-based company a 33% share of the overall Windows Phone market.
About a year ago, Microsoft and Nokia announced their plan to work jointly on a range of new smartphones. As per the deal, Microsoft would develop the software, and Nokia would manufacture the handsets.
The consumer market of the U.S. is still waiting for the Windows Phone 7 devices to come out, like the Nokia Lumia 900, slated for 18 March. Till then, let’s wait and watch, how Windows Phone 7 performs in the U.S. market.