The fan site Nokiamob brings news of a new IDC report on global smartphone shipments, in which Nokia and Xiaomi are singled out for impressive 50% year over year growth. Feature phones still account for much of Nokia’s consumer business, but industry expert (and former Nokia exec) Tomi Ahonen estimates that HMD Global will end up shipping well over 10 million Nokia-branded Android handsets by the end of 2017.
That’s fairly impressive for a brand that only barely has a retail presence here in the Americas. But how does it compare to Google’s Pixel, the must-have sidearm for the serious Android fanboy? Pretty well, as it turns out—assuming that the one available data point for Pixel sales is accurate.
Back in June Ron Amadeo of Ars Technica observed that downloads for the Pixel Launcher had just crossed the threshold for 1-5 million installations. That achievement took a full 8 months; even with improved second-generation hardware I don’t see how Google could possibly move more than 2 million Pixels by the end of the year… Which means that Nokia smartphones could potentially outsell Google-branded ones by as much as 5 times.
Oh, and if you’re wondering where Nokia’s sales are coming from, Tomi Ahonen lists China, Germany, India, Indonesia and Russia as its top five markets.