Today Nokia reported its most recent quarterly results. Lumia volumes were up 19% sequentially, hitting a new record of 8.8 million shipments. As Daniel pointed out earlier, these aren’t anywhere near iPhone volumes. Apple shipped almost 38 million iPhones, or 4.3x more phone than Nokia Lumia this past quarter. But that shouldn’t take away from Nokia’s accomplishment. They are single-handedly responsible for making Windows Phone a viable competitor in the marketplace.
Make no mistake, there is still a lot of work to be done, and we can only hope that the integration of the handset business with Microsoft goes smoothly, but Windows Phone stands a chance. Anytime a platform posts double digit sequential growth in shipments we’re bound to see more developers take it seriously, not less.