After delay and minor intrigue, the $7.2 billion Microsoft-Nokia deal will close this Friday. 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 Microsoft Mobile.
According to the latest statistics from AdDuplex 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.