Nokia reports one million Lumia smartphones sold

It's not been a good quarter for Nokia, that's undeniable. But there does seem to be some light at the end of the tunnel in the latest financial report.

But first, let's deal with the bad news. Nokia's last financial quarter saw an operating loss of €954 million. Yes, that much of a loss in just three months. On top of that, net sales were down year on year by 21% (€12.65bn to just over €10bn) and total device sales were down, when compared to the same period last year, from 123.7 million to 113.5 million. So not great for the company?

Well, no, you can't dress those numbers up. But the company did confirm that it sold over one million of its new Lumia windows phones in that period, which isn't bad considering that the line is very much in its infancy. Expect those figures to flourish when the Lumia 900 lands in the US and the Lumia 910 (if true) hits Europe.

Nokia's CEO Stephen Elop remains positive about the fight with both Android and iOS. He said: 'In the war of ecosystems, clearly there are some strong contenders already on the field. And with Lumia, we have demonstrated that we belong on the field. Our specific intent has been to establish a beachhead in this war of ecosystems, and country by country that is what we are now accomplishing. To date we have sold well over one million Lumia devices. From this beachhead of more than one million Lumia devices, you will see us push forward with the sales, marketing and successive product introductions necessary to be successful.'

Whether the company does push forward will perhaps only really become clear this time next year. But with a new phone line that has, by and large, been well-received and new models on the horizon, the future certainly looks brighter now that it did six months ago for Nokia.

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