IDC Expects Windows Phone To Be No.2 Smartphone OS By 2015

IDC today released its Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker along with some forecasts. IDC predicts smartphone market to grow 49.2% in 2011 as more consumers and enterprise move towards it from feature phones. Also IDC predicts Windows Phone will capture 20% of the smartphone market by 2015 due to the Nokia-Microsoft deal.

Worldwide Smartphone Operating System 2011 and 2015 Market Share and 2011-2015 CAGR (listed alphabetically)

Operating System 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%

Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, March 29, 2011

Nokia’s recent announcement to shift from Symbian to Windows Phone will have significant implications for the smartphone market going forward. “Up until the launch of Windows Phone 7 last year, Microsoft has steadily lost market share while other operating systems have brought forth new and appealing experiences,” added Llamas. “The new alliance brings together Nokia’s hardware capabilities and Windows Phone’s differentiated platform. We expect the first devices to launch in 2012. By 2015, IDC expects Windows Phone to be number 2 operating system worldwide behind Android.”

 



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