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Microsoft’s Mobile Share Diminishing

Microsoft’s Mobile Share Diminishing
Microsoft’s Mobile Share Diminishing

Microsoft’s cellphone arm, Microsoft Mobile Oyj, formally Nokia, has not revealed a new flagship smartphone since it rebranded the Lumia range in 2014, Tech Radar writes.

That means the end of the last and the beginning of this year have been rather dry in terms of large specification Windows Phone handsets. The company has instead focused on mid-range handsets like the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL, still not officially released in Iran.

It looks like the Redmond Giant’s slowness may be damaging Windows Phone’s market share as between January and April this year, the platform has dropped over a million users in the US, declining from a 3.6% market share to just 3%.

Android has dropped quite a bit further but it still owns the lion’s share with 52.2% of all smartphones in the country on the operating system. The drop in Windows Phone users makes Microsoft’s operating system only twice as big as BlackBerry and it’s getting scarily close to the failing manufacturers figures.

It may not all be down to the lack of a flagship smartphone but it looks like some who were waiting for the Microsoft flagship rumored at the end of 2014 may have given up and jumped ship over to the iPhone 6.

Especially paired with Microsoft’s commitment to put its services onto Apple products, it’s hard to justify why those who are waiting for a new Microsoft flagship are sticking around.

That decision may cost the computer giant in the long run, but rumors have abounded in recent weeks about a follow up to the Lumia 930, pitched as the Lumia 940.

The new Lumia 940 has been touted to have an iris scanner, as opposed to a fingerprint scanner, and will possess a camera with at least 20 mp lens which would be powered by a Snapdragon chipset with octa-core CPU, and sport a 5.7-inch QHD display. It is expected to come with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB of expandable storage, and pack in a 3,300 mAh removable battery.