Nokia has become the world's largest Windows Phone vendor, according to new data from Strategy Analytics.
According to the research firm, Nokia shipped some 0.9 million Windows Phone units in Q4 2011, accounting for 33 percent of that market, and surpassing the individual efforts of HTC and other manufacturers.
"Global smartphone shipments using the Microsoft operating system grew 36 percent sequentially to reach 2.7 million units in Q4 2011," Alex Spektor, an associate director at Strategy Analytics, wrote in a Feb. 24 statement tied to the numbers. "Microsoft smartphone shipments remain tiny, but they are showing tentative signs of growth."
Nokia's Windows Phone devices include the midrange Lumia 710 and the higher-end Lumia 800 and Lumia 900. In addition, the company is apparently gearing up to present some lower-price smartphones at this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, according to a new Bloomberg report; unnamed sources speaking to Reuters also suggested that a set of cheaper smartphones loaded with Windows Phone would appear at MWC.