Research analysts Gartner revealed on Thursday that Microsoft has shipped 1.6 million Windows Phone 7 devices in Q1 2011.
The figure is based on device sales into consumers pockets rather than device shipments to operators.”Windows Phone saw only modest sales that reached 1.6 million units in the first quarter of 2011,” said Gartner. “Devices launched at the end of 2010 failed to grow in consumer preference and CSPs continued to focus on Android,” it added. Despite the strong focus in the market on Android, Gartner predicts that Nokia will help accelerate Windows Phone’s momentum in the long term. Microsoft revealed in January that it had shipped 2 million Windows Phone 7 devices to mobile operators since launch.
Gartner has previously predicted that worldwide smartphone sales will reach 468 million units in 2011, a 57% increase from 2010. Android is expected to further hold its lead and account for 49% market share by 2012. Microsoft’s Windows Phone is expected to increase to 10.8% by 2012, up from 4.2% in 2010. Gartner has also previously predicted that Microsoft will cement a strong second place market share by 2015. The research analysts believe Microsoft’s Windows Phone will account for 19.5% market share by 2015, above Apple’s 17.2%. Windows Phone will also account for 215 million worldwide shipments by 2015.
Microsoft’s key strength for the future of Windows Phone is rooted in its Nokia partnership. Originally announced in February, the pact will see Nokia manufacturing smartphones based on Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS. Microsoft says hundreds of personnel are already engaged in join engineering efforts towards the first Nokia Windows Phone. Nokia plans to bring its first Windows Phone to market by the end of 2011, early 2012.