IDC has issued a new report on the worldwide smartphone market, which includes some bold prediction.
According to the company, more than 450 million smartphones will be shipped in 2011 – a 49.2% increase compared to 2010 (when 303.4 million smartphones were sold).
Reportedly, 39.5% of the smartphones shipped this year will be Android-based, this making Google’s OS the world’s most popular mobile platform. Symbian would remain on the second position, with a market share of 20.9%.
IDC expects Microsoft’s Windows Phone to capture about 5.5% of the market this year – since it believes Nokia’s first Windows Phone handsets will only be released in 2012.
However, in 2015, Windows Phone should become the world’s second largest mobile platform, with a market share of 20.9% – ahead of iOS (15.3%) and BlackBerry (13.7%), but still behind Android (45.4%).
As shown in the table above, Symbian is expected to be nearly extinct in 2015, with only 0.2% of the smartphones running it. How much of this will be true? There’s only one way to find out, and that is, well, waiting for 2015 to end.
Via Press release
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