Microsoft is in the smartphone game until the smartphone game is over, and Windows Phone is its vehicle. That said, the company’s success thus far appears to be slightly lumpy and downright sluggish on the home front.
The release of Windows Phone 8, and a crop of new smartphones from Nokia and HTC, helped boost the platform’s sales numbers. For example, in the second quarter of 2012, Nokia sold 4 million Lumia handsets running Windows Phone. In the second quarter of 2013, that figure grew to 7.4 million, up around 45 percent year over year.
That’s a strong number. But Nokia is an increasingly monopoly player in the Windows Phone world, as other OEMs slip into obscurity; only HTC has meaningful market share aside from the Finnish smartphone giant.
While the Lumia line and Windows Phone as a whole are growing, the U.S. market remains a more than difficult…
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