Among struggling mobile companies trying to catch up with Apple and Samsung, Nokia seems to be making progress with it Lumia series of smartphones. The Finnish smartphone manufacturer reported its first-quarter earnings on Thursday, according to which Lumia shipments totaled to 5.6 million, a 25 percent increase as compared with 4.4 million shipments back in 4th quarter of 2012. The report also mentions that two third of those Lumia devices sold in Q1 2013 were running Windows Phone 8 (WP8).

Recently, Microsoft also confirmed that the Redmond giant won’t be making any Surface Windows phones as it’s quite confident with Nokia’s performance. Even though Nokia’s total sales in the first quarter of this year isn’t even close when compared with Apple (37 million iPhone shipped) and Samsung (61 million shipped), the performance of Finnish mobile maker is better than the last year and hopes for the numbers to increase by 27 percent in the next earning report.

While Nokia’s global sales are improving, they took a hit in the U.S. market by facing a 33 percent year on year decline as it’s heavily dominated by Apple and Samsung. With the upcoming Verizon Lumia 928 launch, Nokia might manage to get the needed boost they want to maintain footing in the region. Are you looking forward to buying a Nokia Lumia smartphone?