Windows Phone Poised to Surge Past iPhone on Back of Pending Nokia Lumia 900

Could Windows Phone, Microsoft’s fledgling mobile operating system, pose a threat to Apple’s iPhone in just three years’ time? Yes, says one mobile researcher.

By 2015, 16.7 percent of smartphones shipped will be powered by Windows Phone, IHS predicts in a new report. That will be good enough for second place, just squeaking ahead of Apple’s iOS, which is expected to see its market share fall to 16.6 percent. Android will continue to grow, IHS says, dominating the global market with more than 58 percent of smartphones shipped.

This may seem far-fetched since it’s pretty hard to find Windows Phone devices anywhere these days, as they make up only about 2 percent of the market. But remember, it took less than three years after making its debut for Google’s Android OS to become the market leader. IHS is looking to Microsoft’s recent partnership with handset-manufacturer Nokia as a catalyst for growth. The researcher expects big things from the new Lumia 900 smartphone that was introduced at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Look for the Lumia 900 to make its debut sometime in the next few weeks on AT&T’s 4G LTE network.

“The introduction of the Lumia 900 shows that Nokia believes the road back to smartphone dominance runs through North America,” Francis Sideco, an analyst for HIS, said in a statement, as quoted by Computerworld.

Look for business customers to jump on board. Nokia wants to sell the device through Microsoft’s business channels. The Lumia 900 features a 4.3-inch display, a pair of cameras and a 1.4GHz processor, running on Windows 7.5 (Mango).

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