Research firm Gartner said Microsoft sold a “modest” 1.6 million Windows Phones in the first quarter of this year.
Microsoft began selling its mobile operating system in October. The company last released sales figures four months ago in January, when it said it had sold 2 million copies of the software to phone makers. Phone makers then sell the phones to carriers, who sell them to customers with service contracts.
“Windows Phone saw only modest sales that reached 1.6 million units in the first quarter of 2011, as devices launched at the end of 2010 failed to grow in consumer preference and CSPs continued to focus on Android,” Gartner said in a Thursday news statement. “CSP” refers to communications service providers, such as Verizon Wireless. The report added, “In the long term, Nokia’s support will accelerate Windows Phone’s momentum.”
In February, Google’s free competitor Android was adding 300,000 customers per day, a far faster rate of growth than Windows Phone. Then-Chief Executive Eric Schmidt gave the numbers at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Microsoft plans to announce new features for Windows Phone at an event in New York Tuesday.
Here is a chart of smartphone market share from Gartner.