Strong sales for Nokia’s Lumia smartphone line based on Windows OS has changed perceptions:
Analysts are expecting Nokia to rapidly reassert its relevance in the smartphone market, which it had largely to itself before the 2007 introduction of Apple’s first iPhone. Over the next 12 months, Nokia will expand its smartphone market share more than sixfold, to 12.2 percent, overtaking Research in Motion, the makers of the BlackBerry, according to I.D.C.
By 2015, Windows and Nokia will be the world’s second-largest smartphone operating system, I.D.C. estimates, with 21 percent, trailing Google’s Android, with 47 percent, but ahead of Apple, with 19 percent.
“What people are underestimating is how much operators in Europe and elsewhere are beginning to support and push Windows phones,” Mr. Jeronimo said in an interview.