The folks at Microsoft
Research firm comScore's numbers show Windows Phone with a smartphone market share of 4% for April, up from the 3.9% it held the two previous months. Only eighteen months ago, Windows Phone held 8% of the market. In January, its share was 5.4%.
The standings as of April:
Smartphone Operating System
U.S. Market Share
To whom should Microsoft give thanks for this badly needed turnaround? Certainly not LG, which said even though it wasn't "giving up" on the Windows Phone OS, it would shift its focus to building smartphones running Google's Android OS.
Unlikely as it may seem, the credit for pulling back the stick on the Windows Phone dive should go to the mobile phone industry's most recent whipping boy, Nokia
The Finnish phone maker's ill-conceived ad campaign, portraying Apple's
Despite that misdial, sales of the Lumia 900 on AT&T
Obviously, a 0.1% increase in share doesn't signal that Microsoft is out of the woods yet. But look at the other smartphone OS trends. According to comScore, Android dropped 0.2% between March and April, and Research In Motion's
Microsoft has a lot riding on the next version of its smartphone OS, Windows Phone 8. Codenamed "Apollo," that operating system will have a sneak preview presentation at Microsoft's developer summit to be held on June 20.
If Windows Phone 8 has what phone manufacturers, carriers, and consumers want -- support for multicore processors, higher screen resolutions, and mobile wallets -- then perhaps Microsoft can start gaining more respect and customers in the smartphone world.
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