• IDC predicts Windows Phone 7 will be 2nd behind Android by 2015

    Back in February Nokia and Microsoft announced that Nokia would be putting Windows Phone 7 on its future smartphones and I was quite happy because I am a fan of both, but many were not pleased with the news. According to this new IDC forecast for the smartphone market, Windows Phone 7 is predicted to be the number 2 mobile OS in the world behind Android by 2015.

    I previously questioned the value of 3-year forecasts in the fast moving smartphone world and still think it is tough to predict what is going to happen. Microsoft and Nokia could break up if things don’t work out, Apple may come up with some major change in iOS that gains them some market share, or HP’s webOS could even break the 5% market share level.

    2011 Market Share 2015 Market Share 2011-2015 CAGR
    Android 39.5% 45.4% 23.8%
    BlackBerry 14.9% 13.7% 17.1%
    iOS 15.7% 15.3% 18.8%
    Symbian 20.9% 0.2% -65.0%
    Windows Phone 7/Windows Mobile 5.5% 20.9% 67.1%
    Others 3.5% 4.6% 28.0%
    Total 100.0% 100.0% 19.6%

    As recent market share data has shown, Apple’s iOS has plateaued. I think this is likely due to limited carrier availability and a stagnant OS interface, when compared to the fresh user interfaces coming from Android and Windows Phone 7. RIM is also predicted to continue at a fairly steady pace for the next few years, but if the enterprise market decides to go with Windows Phone 7 they may just see more of a decline than predicted. Symbian of course will see a major drop in market share, although there will continue to be low end Symbian devices in the market.

    Source: ZDnet
    Comments 3 Comments
    1. Cut-Copy-Paste's Avatar
      Cut-Copy-Paste -
      what is 3rd %?
    1. duke0102's Avatar
      duke0102 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cut-Copy-Paste View Post
      what is 3rd %?
      The chart above has the top to the left for me but 3rd is IOS on that chart
    1. mjmacky's Avatar
      mjmacky -
      1st column        2nd column        3rd column          4th column
      (unlabeled)      2011 share %     2015 share %        % change from
          OS                            (predicted)           2011 --> 2015
      Hopefully that clears up the table, the first row is missing a labeled column

      So essentially it's saying now Android is #1, Symbian #2, iOS and Blackberry are #3 & #4
      In the future, Win7 Mobile will take Symbian's current place, and iOS/Blackberry will still sit at #'s 3&4, while Android becomes an even a bigger #1