Unwired Views 2011: Android #1 or #2? WP7 hit or fail? Nokia WP7/Android? Honeycomb, iPad, WebOS and more
Yesterday, we the Unwired View editors set out to, as best we could, take our chances at predicting what 2011 will hold for the mobile industry. Thus, four separate posts were born, each carrying in itself the weight of one man’s thoughts about the year that has just begun.
If you haven’t done so yet, we’d all appreciate it if you read all the posts. You’ll find out that while we may work together, we don’t agree on much. At least where the future is concerned.
So go, read, and draw your own conclusions. And, of course, comment if you feel like it. We can’t make you do it, but each comment adds value to a post, and we’re curious to see what you think we called right and where you think we are wrong. Obviously, it will be even more fun to see where things are in a year, and how many of our predictions came true. Fret not, we will be doing that too.
But for now, dive right in.
See if you agree with Staska’s take that Windows Phone 7 will be a hit, Android will remain at No.2, WebOS will be No.3 in tablets, Samsung will become the second biggest smartphone manufacturer, and LG will climb all the way up to No.6.
Or, consider Brad’s post, that praises SDXC, postulates that processor frequencies are the new megapixels, near-field communications will take off, the iPad will still be the tablet to beat, and Honeycomb will be the only Android update for 2011.
Florin thinks that touchscreen featurephones will go the way of the dinosaurs, 100 million iPhones may be sold this year, MeeGo won’t make any big impact, neither will Windows Phone 7, and Nokia really should make an Android-powered smartphone, perhaps with hardware identical to the C7.
And finally, yours truly gazed in the crystal ball and came back with the following: Android will overtake Symbian and become the No.1 smartphone OS, Symbian will get a new UI but it won’t impress anyone, Nokia won’t go WP7, MeeGo will be known as MehGo, Bada and WP7 will peak, and Android tablets will see growth patterns reminiscent of Android’s growth in smartphones in 2010, but that won’t be enough to take their market share past the iPad’s.