Menu
Microsoft and Nokia to hold press conference on September 5

Microsoft and Nokia to hold press conference on September 5

The event will likely focus on Windows Phone 8, a significant upgrade of the OS

Microsoft and Nokia will hold a press conference in three weeks, an event that will likely center around Windows Phone 8, the next version of Microsoft's OS for mobile devices.

Nokia is a close Microsoft partner in the mobile phone market, where both companies are striving to improve their standing.

In the first quarter of 2012, Nokia's global share of mobile device units sold fell to 19.8 per cent from 25.1 per cent in last year's first quarter, according to Gartner.

Meanwhile, Samsung knocked Nokia out of first place when it grew its market share to 20.7 percent from 16.1 percent. Apple also improved its position by increasing its share to 7.9 per cent from 3.9 per cent, according to Gartner.

In the smartphone segment of the market, which is where the growth is happening, Apple and Samsung ranked at the top with a combined share of units sold of almost 50 percent, while Nokia's share was 9.2 per cent, according to Gartner.

Viewed from the angle of smartphone OSes, Android ranked first with 56.1 per cent of units sold, followed by Apple's iOS with almost 23 per cent. Microsoft came in a distant sixth with a 1.9 per cent share, according to Gartner.

Nokia's Lumia smartphone, which runs Windows Phone OS 7.5, got generally good reviews from technology journalists but its sales have been disappointing.

Windows Phone 8 is a significant upgrade of the OS that will be closely aligned from a technology standpoint with the upcoming Windows 8 OS for desktop PCs, laptops and tablets, which is slated to ship at the end of October.

Juan Carlos Perez covers enterprise communication/collaboration suites, operating systems, browsers and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Juan on Twitter at @JuanCPerezIDG.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Events

ARN Innovation Awards 2022

Innovation Awards is the market-leading awards program for celebrating ecosystem innovation and excellence across the technology sector in Australia.

EDGE 2022

EDGE is the leading technology conference for business leaders in Australia and New Zealand, built on the foundations of collaboration, education and advancement.

Brand Post

Channel Roadmap

The Channel Roadmap is a bespoke content hub housing strategic priorities from technology vendors for 2022 and beyond, partners can find the guidance on the key technologies and markets to pursue, to help build a blueprint for future success.

Show Comments