Microsoft sells 1.6 million Windows Phone 7 devices in Q1
Gartner’s smartphone OS standings look like this:
Under the surface there are a few items worth noting. To wit:
- Android and iOS have all the momentum.
- Given Microsoft’s alliance with Nokia—and a rough 2011 before production Windows Phone devices are ready—rivals are aiming to swipe Symbian’s global market share.
- Nokia will accelerate Windows Phone adoption, but it’s unclear what the market share baseline will be by the end of the year.
- Gartner is conservative about mobile device sales because channel inventory is up to 13.3 million units. Gartner cut its 2011 sales estimate to 1.79 billion and 1.795 billion units.
Strongest performers included Apple, Samsung and HTC. Nokia lost 5.5 percent of market share in the first quarter compared to a year ago. Apple and HTC gained share and RIM held its own.