NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire -08/29/12)- A recent study conducted by Localytics has shown since January the number of Windows Phones worldwide has increased 312 percent, and 273 percent in the U.S. During that time Nokia's share of the Windows Phone market has grown from 22 percent to 60 percent worldwide, and from zero to 32 percent in the U.S. Five Star Equities examines the outlook for companies in the Technology Sector and provides equity research on Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) and Nokia Corporation (NOK).
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Microsoft and Nokia will look to benefit from Apple's recent victory in their patent case with rival smartphone maker Samsung. Sales of Windows based phones could receive a major boost as Samsung products could face a possible ban and as other smartphone makers look to Windows as an alternative to Google's Android software. Apple was awarded over $1 billion after a federal jury ruled that Samsung had violated on six of the seven Apple patents on mobile devices. The potential ban of some Samsung devices, as requested by Apple, will be decided on next month by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh.
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A recent report from IHS iSuppli states that smartphones will make up more than 50 percent of all phones sold in 2013, which is two years faster than previously predicted. IHS also predicts that by 2016 smartphones will make up more than two-thirds of all mobile phone shipments.
"This represents a major upgrade for the outlook compared to a year ago, when smartphones weren't expected to take the lead until 2015," IHS senior analyst Wayne Lam said in a statement. "Over the past 12 months, smartphones have fallen in price, and a wider variety of models (has) become available, spurring sales of both low-end smartphones in regions like Asia-Pacific, as well as midrange to high-end phones in the United States and Europe."
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