Despite Nokia delivering the its Lumia 710 and Lumia 800 on time and shifting 1.3 million of them (according to the latest figures from Gartner) it wasn’t enough to stop a slide in Microsoft’s share of the smartphone market.
Gartner estimates that Windows Phone 7 held just under 2 per cent of the smartphone market in the final quarter of 2011, compared to almost 3.5 per cent in the same period of 2010. This will be a worrying trend for Nokia, which has hitched its wagon to the Microsoft platform for better or worse.
Nokia has so far launched three Windows Phone handsets, adding the Lumia 900 to the 710 and 800 at CES last month. However the 900 was initially a US-only phone supporting the 4G LTE network in the States. According to leaked information obtained by PocketNow however, the company is set to launch a global version of the larger 4.7in Lumia 900 at Mobile World Congress later this month.
It is also set to launch the Lumia 610 which is set to be the most affordable in the Lumia line-up, as well as what could be the last ever Symbian handset, the Nokia 808 PureView. The PureView is rumour to be a full touchscreen model in the mould of the N8. Nokia will also unveil three S40 handsets, the Asha 302, Asha 203 and the Asha 202 which will be aimed at emerging markets.
Whether the launch of a couple of new handsets from Nokia will help Microsoft reverse the downward trend for Windows Phone 7 is debateable and it could take the launch of Windows Phone 8 later this year to really push the platform to the type of market share Microsoft is expecting.