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February 3, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Canalys: Windows Phone share of global market at 1.4 percent

Windows Phone’s shipments in 2011 accounted for 1.4 percent of worldwide smartphone shipments, according to research firm Canalys, which has released its analysis of 2011 smartphone shipments.

That’s down 43 percent from a year ago, said Canalys, which found that Android grew 244 percent for the year and iOS grew 96 percent.

Here’s Canalys’ charts of smartphone platform market share for fourth quarter 2011 and full year 2011:

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In 2011, Apple also displaced Microsoft’s BFF phonemaker Nokia as the leading smartphone vendor by annual shipments. Still, Canalys saw hope for Nokia, which shipped 1.2 million Windows Phone devices last year, the research firm said.

In its news release, Canalys said:

“Its first Windows Phone products, the Lumia 800 and 710, along with the recently announced Lumia 900 through AT&T in the US, have improved the outlook for Nokia,” said Canalys Senior Analyst, Tim Shepherd. “They are well-designed, competitive devices that demonstrate innovation is still alive within Nokia. But the battle is not over and it has huge challenges ahead. Nokia must continue to build out its Lumia portfolio with devices tailored to address all price points and all the markets in which it aims to compete. It must hasten its transition from Symbian to Windows Phone around the world and, with Microsoft, promote and generate excitement for the platform and new products. And it must succeed in attracting more developers to build high quality, locally relevant apps.”

Overall, Canalys found that global shipments of smartphones in 2011 (helped by a strong fourth quarter) exceeded those of PCs (including tablets) for the first time: 488 million units of smartphones were shipped in 2011, up 63 percent from 2010.

That’s compared to 414.6 million units of PCs, which was up 15 percent from 2010. (Canalys includes tablets in that estimate, saying tablets saw a 274 percent growth and accounted for 15 percent of all PC shipments in 2011.)

Here’s Canalys’ chart:

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