Thursday, July 19, 2012


Nokia sold 4 million Lumias in its most recent quarter, a pittance compared to the 35.1 million iPhones Apple sold in its last quarter, but an encouraging sign for the growth of Windows Mobile.

The figure, which Nokia reported along with its second-quarter earnings on Thursday, was double the amount the company sold in Q1. The company is also banking on a boost from Windows 8, which will run on Lumia. Microsoft is expected to make the “RTM” (Release to Manufacturing) version of that OS available in the first week of August.

The news was a fairly positive sign for the growth of Microsoft’s mobile platform. Earlier this month, comScore MobiLens reported that Microsoft’s share of the smartphone market fell 0.4% since the beginning of the year. Year-over-year, Microsoft’s share fell 1.9% according to the researcher.


However, the doubling of Lumia sales weren’t enough to help Nokia’s flailing smartphone business. The company’s smartphone sales fell 39% year-over-year to 10.2 million as the company transitions to Windows Mobile from Symbian. The shortfall resulted in a 19% drop in revenues for the quarter to $9.5 billion and the company’s net loss widened to $1.7 billion from $452 million in the year-earlier period.