A number of leading market research companies are predicting a smartphone revival for Nokia.
The forecasts come as the latest figures from the International Data Corporation (IDC) show that Nokia remained the undisputed leader for total mobile phone shipments last year.
The IDC says the worldwide mobile phone market grew 11.1% in 2011 with vendors shipping 1,546 million units of both feature phones and smartphones. Of these Nokia shipped 417.1 million units, a market share of 27 per cent.
Although that was 7.9 per cent down on the previous year, IDC says Nokia remains a serious contender to maintain its leadership position in 2012 because of the company’s global distribution and manufacturing capabilities.
Meanwhile, California-based market research firm IHS iSuppli reckons that Nokia's collaboration with Microsoft means that by 2015, the Windows Phone platform will overtake Apple's iOS as the world's second most-favoured operating system after Android.
In 2015, Windows Phone will account for 16.7 percent of the smartphones shipped, up from less than 2 percent in 2011, IHS iSuppli predicts
Although Nokia is not the only seller of Windows Phone smartphones, the company is expected to dominate the market, accounting for 50 percent of all Microsoft OS-based handsets sold in 2012. The company’s share is set to rise to 62 percent in 2013.
The claims draw parallels with those made by market watcher Gartner, which said Microsoft will have a 19.5 per cent share of the smartphone market by 2015.One of the leading analyst firms in the wireless sector, Jupiter Research, has also predicted a growing demand for Nokia devices this year.
It said Nokia is likely to enjoy a revival in popularity in 2012, largely on the upcoming release of the Windows 8 operating system.