Gartner today released a report detailing sales of smartphones for Q2 of 2011. Microsoft saw a steep decline in marketshare from 4.9% to 1.6%, partly due to the transition from Windows Mobile to Windows Phone. Sales of Windows Phone devices lagged behind Reseach in Motion and Bada.
As we’ve said before, Windows Phone 7 needs a flagship phone. It will be interesting to see if the Nokia/Microsoft partnership delivers just that. When combined with the feature laden Mango update, it would be surprising if there weren’t a major uptick in these numbers going forward.