Nokia was the big latecomer to the Windows Phone 7 party, but it wasted no time in securing a dominant position for itself once it did arrive. Since then, it’s seen some incredible growth, capturing the majority of the global Windows Phone market.
According to figures from Localytics, Nokia accounted for half of all Windows Phone models in use around the world as of this past May. That figure’s only grown since, and Nokia’s currently holding a 59% share. HTC is Nokia’s closest competitor, but it only has a third as many users as Nokia; Samsung’s even less popular. At least for those two companies, even if their proportional share seems to be dropping, they appear to be roughly holding on to the same total number of users.
When we just look at the US, the situation is more of a dead heat. Here, HTC has a slight lead, and Samsung’s a bit behind, but the distribution is much closer to a three-way split between those two and Nokia.
We’re curious to see how these trends are affected by the release of Windows Phone 8. Will Nokia’s share continue to grow, or will there some new-found competition between these manufacturers?