No Surprise: Nokia is Largest Windows Phone Manufacturer
Given Nokia's special relationship with Microsoft it was inevitable that the Finnish handset maker would reign supreme on the Windows Phone platform, but it is impressive that it took just one quarter to do so. In a study released by Strategy Analytics, Nokia came out on top of Windows Phone makers in the final quarter of 2011. Windows Phone overall saw a 36% growth in units shipped. While this may sound like great news for both Nokia and Microsoft, keep in mind that Nokia only shipped 900,000 phones during this time frame and that Windows Phone's overall market share dropped to 1.9%, down from 3.4% a year ago. For reference, Apple shipped 37 million iPhones during the same time frame and Android's market share jumped from 30.5% to 50.9%. While this achievement is certainty something for Nokia to hang its hat on, it also shows that there is a long road ahead for the two giants.