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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Windows Phone 7 Growth Forecast Updated

Posted by Adan Galvan in "Windows Phone News" @ 07:00 AM

http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?conta...Id=prUS22871611

"Microsoft's late-comer smartphone OS is expected to grow its market share from two per cent in 2010 to 3.8 per cent this year, a downward revision of IDC's previous forecast in March of 5.5 per cent.That's a relatively tiny share of the market, particularly for an OS that many people would consider a potential third rival to join in the battle between Google's Android and Apple's IOS, but the real strength of Windows Phone 7 will appear during 2012 to 2015, the report predicts, when IDC expects to see WP7 market share increase significantly to 20.3 per cent."

Analysts love to forecast, and the latest by IDC estimates that Windows Phone 7 will take second place with 20.3 percent behind Android with 43.8 percent by 2015. This is a slight downward revision from the previously estimated 20.9 percent. The disaster that is Symbian will drop from its current 20.6 percent all the way down to a measly .1 percent. This is of course expected, but it is still sad to see an operating system go extinct.


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

IDC Predicts Windows Phone Will Be Number Two Smartphone OS by 2015

Posted by Danny Simmons in "Windows Phone News" @ 07:00 PM

http://www.slashgear.com/windows-ph...s-idc-29143143/

"Android will take the top spot for smartphone OS worldwide in 2011, analysts IDC have predicted, pushing iOS into third place behind Symbian. As for Microsoft, while the Symbian-faithful aren't entirely convinced by Nokia's decision to climb aboard the Windows Phone train, IDC is more confident in the two companies' partnership. "By 2015, IDC expects Windows Phone to be number 2 operating system worldwide behind Android," senior research analyst Ramon Llamas predicts."

This is a pretty bold prediction. It has been the topic of much debate since this article was released. With Symbian phasing out of the picture as Nokia embraces Windows Phone as their OS of choice, there's bound to be a new number two. Will all Symbian users shift over to Windows Phone to stay with Nokia? Will some of them move to Android or iOS? I personally think we'll see a good mix of users jumping from one platform to another over the next few years until they find the one that suits them best. Each OS provides unique experiences that may appeal to some, but not to others. It will definitely be an interesting few years, especially once Nokia starts flooding the market with Windows Phone. What do you think will happen?


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

WP7 Platform Shows Strong Growth In Western Europe

Posted by Richard Chao in "Windows Phone News" @ 03:00 AM

http://www.idc.com/about/viewpressr...e=PRINTFRIENDLY

"The mobile phone market in Western Europe grew 3.2% year on year to 58.7 million units in the fourth quarter of 2010, with smartphone shipments representing 44% of the total... Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7 also showed strong growth, increasing 18% year on year and 100% sequentially."

IDC, provider of data to the financial market, has just issued their European Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker report for 4Q2010. Google's Android grew 1,580% year on year with sales increasing from 470,000 a year ago to 7.9 million units. Apple's iOS saw an increase of 66% in Q4 2010 when compared to Q4 2009. Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 also showed strong growth, increasing 18% year on year and 100% sequentially. IDC also stated WP7 received positive feedback from operators and end-users but its growth was limited because the OS launch was restricted to English only. Unfortunately hard numbers were not provided to go with the reported percentage growth.

Hopefully WP7 will continue to gain traction and its level of growth continue to increase. The platform's expansion to more markets in conjunction with more local language support and continued positive word of mouth will definitely help.

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