The latest figures from comScore show that Microsoft’s U.S. smartphone market share has dropped again in April.
The figures, released by comScore on Friday, confirm that Microsoft’s market share has dropped by 25% since devices went on sale in the U.S. during November 2010. Microsoft originally had a 9% market share in November 2010, comScore’s latest figures suggest this is now just 6.7%, a drop of over two percentage points or 25%.
The figures might paint a bad picture but Microsoft is banking on Nokia to help it generate significant interest during 2012. IDC predicts Windows Phone 7 will account for over 20% market share, above iOS’s 15% in 2015. The prediction is based on the significant implications of the recent Nokia and Microsoft deal. Nokia believes it will ship a Windows Phone in the fourth quarter of 2011.
Microsoft’s developer story is strong however. The software giant recently passed 20,000 applications and is expected to hit around 40,000 apps in October. Windows Phone 7 launched on October 26 with 1,000 applications available. Six months later and the platform has increased impressively. Microsoft appears to be building up a good momentum amongst application developers. Microsoft says it now has over 32,000 Windows Phone application developers, who deliver an average of 100 new apps per day.
Despite delays with its first platform update, “NoDo”, developers have a lot to look forward to this year. Microsoft’s new Nokia partnership is a great opportunity for new and existing developers as more and more consumers take advantage of Windows Phone. “Mango”, the codename for what will likely be named Windows Phone 7.5, is currently in the final development stages at Microsoft. The software giant revealed a number of new enhancements recently and promised over 500 features at launch. Nokia has also promised a batch of Windows Phone Mango devices, due later this year.