Microsoft’s smartphone marketshare has fallen below 2%, according to Gartner.
Gartner research released their latest Q2 2011 mobile device sales on Thursday and the news isn’t great for Windows Mobile and Windows Phone. According to Gartner, Microsoft shifted less units than Bada and Research in Motion. Bada is Samsung’s own operating system. The results mean Microsoft is placed 6th behind Android, Symbian, iOS and others. Android took top place with 43% market share followed by Symbian with 22% and iOS with 18.2%.
Gartner’s figures follow recent stats from comScore that show Microsoft’s U.S. smartphone market share has levelled out to 5.8% in June. The company’s market share has dropped by 35% since Windows Phone 7 devices went on sale in the U.S. during November 2010. The software giant held 9% market share in November 2010 which has since dropped to just 5.8% in June 2011. Despite both sets of research figures, Microsoft could be on the brink of turning its fortunes around in the mobile market. The company 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 is expected to make Windows Phone 7.5 devices available in October alongside competition from Samsung, Acer and HTC.
Microsoft is expected to launch and announce a range of new Windows Phone 7.5 handsets on September 1. The devices will be featured at the IFA conference in Berlin before being made available later in September or early October.