By Stephen Schenck | November 1, 2013 6:59 PM
Windows Phone still has a long ways to go before it’s competing on the same level as Android or even iOS, but the platform’s been showing some serious growth over the past year. We’ve heard about big gains in Europe, especially, and while that’s been important for Windows Phone, it’s got to be more than a little frustrating for Microsoft to see its platform fail to take off in quite the same way on its home turf in the States. The tide may be starting to turn, however, as a new report shows Nokia’s share of the US smartphone market growing to the point where the manufacturer now finds itself in fourth place.
According to these figures, Nokia’s popularity has been quite abrupt, with its share of the US smartphone market rising from 1.4% in Q2 to 4.1% over the course of Q3. That puts it ahead of Motorola, HTC, BlackBerry, ZTE, Huawei – everybody except Apple, Samsung, and LG. Even that race with LG is getting tighter, and while LG’s share accounts for more than twice as many handsets as Nokia’s, LG’s sales have been declining, while Nokia’s skyrocket.
None of this is to say that this trend will necessarily continue, but it’s very promising for both Nokia and Microsoft. Now we just need to see if this new Microsoft leadership will keep things going.