When Microsoft bought Nokia, it inherited a fairly massive feature phone business. However, that business has shrunk lots from the purchase, in line with Strategic Analytic, and Nokia-Microsoft hasn’t set the smart phone world blazing either.
Huawei simply displaced it as the world’s 3rd largest mobile vendor by shipping 30.6 million mobiles, nearly 50% over last year. It holds a 7% market share behind Apple and Samsung. Microsoft places in 4th number once selling 27.8 million mobiles, nearly half the 50.3 million mobiles it sold last year.
As for smart phones, Strategic Analytic said that Apple grew by 35% over last year with sales of 47.5 million handsets at the expense of Samsung, that born its own share by 7%.
While the Korean company still sold lots more smart phones than Apple (71.9 million), lots of these mobiles are cheap and basic that is why Samsung profits keep falling and Apple’s keep rising.
Meanwhile, Huawei also moved to 3rd place in smart phone sales, having displaced 4th number Xiaomi over last year. Microsoft falls within the “also-ran” class, however it is hoping that some of its Windows 10 magic (and strong reviews) can soon rub off on its smart phones, too.
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