Canalys: Only 1.5 million Windows Phones shipped in Q2 2011

imageCanalys has released their quarterly estimates for smartphones shipments, and confirmed the deceleration we had predicted in May from from Facebook data.

According to Canalys only 1.5 million Windows Phone  handsets were shipped in Q2 2011.  Gartner had earlier said only 1.6 million Windows Phone 7 handsets were sold in Q1 2011.

They note:

Microsoft is also eager to see Nokia’s first Windows Phone products, along with those from its other OEM partners, ship with its Mango update. ‘A fresh crop of products is certainly needed,’ said Jones. Fewer than 1.5 million Microsoft-based smart phones shipped during the quarter, equating to a mere 1% share of the global market, down 52% against shipments a year ago.

The company did not differentiate between Windows Mobile and Windows Phone 7 handsets.

We estimate, with 829,000 Facebook users for the WP7 app, and if our earlier multiple holds true, that there are about 5 million Windows Phone 7 handsets in the wild.

We do agree with Canalys that, with many Windows Phone 7 handset designs nearly a year old what the ecosystem really needs to boost its sales is the release of a few new handsets.

Read the full report here.