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Microsoft Will Pick Up 93.5% Of The Windows Phone Device Market When Its Nokia Deal Closes On Friday

TechCrunch TechCrunch 23/04/2014 Alex Wilhelm

After delay and , the $7.2 billion Microsoft-Nokia deal will . With its conclusion, Microsoft will become the de facto Windows Phone OEM, building and shipping the lion’s share of the smartphones that are part of the platform.

The Nokia assets will be called .

According to the latest statistics from covering April of this year, Nokia-made Windows Phone handsets comprise around 93.5 percent of the global market. So, Microsoft, when it gets its mitts onto that company’s hardware assets later this week, will own effectively its entire market.

Here’s the breakdown:

Microsoft is working to court new OEM partners around the world to buy into its mobile project. The company, despite spending large to acquire Nokia’s smartphone business, wants to complete and play nice with others.

Windows Phone has seen growing market share in Latin America and Europe, though its inroads in the United States remain limited.

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