The IDC has released their regular and often revised prediction about the smartphone world.
The company expects Windows Phone to take some share from Android, growing from 2.7% to 10.2%, with Android dropping from a dominant 75.3% to 68.3%.
iOS is expected to rise to 17.9% based on cheap handsets and new markets in China, and Blackberry to drop to 1.7%, but is still expected to survive based on “enterprises with security or other specialized needs that continue to purchase devices from the company.”
On Windows Phone the IDC says:
Windows Phone will solidify its position as the number three O.S. with incremental share gains over the course of the forecast. With the acquisition of Nokia’s device and services unit, Microsoft will increasingly need to drive share gains by itself as OEM support for Windows Phone is expected to wane now that the company is set to become a full-fledged hardware maker. Microsoft will also need to ship more low-cost smartphones to high-growth emerging markets if it is to continue building on its recent nominal share increases.
The IDC expects 1.8 billion handsets to be shipped in 2017. See their full report here.
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