Gartner today released its smartphone research report for Q3 2012. It was not so great results for Nokia and Microsoft as Windows Phone device sales declined due to the launch of Windows Phone 8 devices. The arrival of the new Lumia devices on WindowsPhoneÂ 8 should help to halt the decline in share in the fourth quarter of 2012, although it wonâ€™t be until 2013 to see a significant improvement in Nokiaâ€™s position, says Gartner.
Nokia’s mobile phone sales declined 21.9 percent in the third quarter of 2012, but overall sales at 82.3 million were better than Gartnerâ€™s early estimate, largely driven by increased sales of the Asha full touch range. Nokia had a particularly bad quarter with smartphone sales, and it tumbled to the No. 7 worldwide position with 7.2 millionÂ smartphones sold in the third quarter.
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