Well, here’s a slap in the face for fans of Microsoft’s nascent mobile line: it sells less units per quarter than Samsung’s Bada platform, according to Gartner.

What’s that? You’ve never heard of Bada? That’s the point, friend, it’s essentially invisible from a technology standpoint, while Windows Phone is front and center. The media attention that Windows Phone receives, from this blog included, is, I would presume an order of magnitude greater than what Bada receives.

Here are the figures, courtesy of Gartner:

2012 02 17 14h39 48 Reality check: Windows Phone less popular than Samsungs Bada

That shouted word you just heard was ‘bazinga.’ By several hundred thousand units, Bada beat Windows Phone in global shipments, despite Nokia’s new handsets basking in a pool of warm media love. Ask yourself this question: what was the last time you read a story on a Bada handset?

Right. That was what I thought. What does this mean? It implies that while Microsoft is making progress with its Windows Phone line of phones, it is miles away from being what one could call a ‘major player.’ That may change in time, but Windows Phone remains minor. Steve Ballmer said it  best: “In a year, we’ve gone from very small to … very small.” To employ the Internet vernacular, ‘trufax.’