IDC: Windows Phone will be #2 platform by 2015

By Kip Kniskern | Posted March 29, 2011 8 comments

Apparently the recent snafus with the NoDo update haven’t soured IDC on the platform, as the internet research firm released a report this morning predicting that Windows Phone, with a projected 67% year-over-year growth rate, will eclipse Apple’s iPhone to become the #2 smartphone in the market worldwide.

It’s not all roses for Windows Phone in the IDC report, as Google’s Android is expected to take over as the number one smartphone platform this year, and then balloon into a dominant position by 2015, with some 45% of the market.  Here are the numbers, as projected by IDC:

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IDC is tracking what it calls “exceptional” smartphone market growth in 2011, and expects it to continue:

The worldwide smartphone market is expected to grow 49.2% in 2011 as more consumers and enterprise users turn in their feature phones for smartphones with more advanced features. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, smartphone vendors will ship more than 450 million smartphones in 2011 compared to the 303.4 million units shipped in 2010. Moreover, the smartphone market will grow more than four times faster than the overall mobile phone market.

As we said in our rant yesterday, this smartphone game is still in the early stages, botched starts for Microsoft notwithstanding, and we’re latching on to any piece of good news we can get about Windows Phone.  Certainly this IDC report qualifies as good news, maybe things aren’t so bad after all!

Posted March 29th, 2011 at 8:39 am
Category: Featured, Mobile
Tags: Windows Phone
  • Mario Albertico

    We’ll see about that…hopefully this doesn’t comfort Microsoft too much; they still have to earn that massive 67.1% growth.

  • Mario Albertico

    We’ll see about that…hopefully this doesn’t comfort Microsoft too much; they still have to earn that massive 67.1% growth.

  • Yogi

    It appears that IDC is giving the majority of Symbian’s loss to Microsoft as growth, probably because of the Nokia-Microsoft deal. I wonder if Nokia really has that kind of brand loyalty. Once people are switching platforms entirely, they very well could switch to Android or iPhone instead of following Nokia to Windows Phone. Although, I do believe IDC is being overly optimistic on Blackberry’s future and I would predict that a lot of people leaving RIM could move to Windows Phone if Microsoft can get their act together regarding WP7 and the enterprise.

  • http://www.jellystone.com/ Yogi

    It appears that IDC is giving the majority of Symbian’s loss to Microsoft as growth, probably because of the Nokia-Microsoft deal. I wonder if Nokia really has that kind of brand loyalty. Once people are switching platforms entirely, they very well could switch to Android or iPhone instead of following Nokia to Windows Phone. Although, I do believe IDC is being overly optimistic on Blackberry’s future and I would predict that a lot of people leaving RIM could move to Windows Phone if Microsoft can get their act together regarding WP7 and the enterprise.

  • Anonymous

    It looks like someone is starting April fool’s day early.

  • JSYOUNG571

    It looks like someone is starting April fool’s day early.

  • Eduardo Cedillo Martínez

    Seriously, I haven’t seen a single Windows Live article here in weeks, probably months. What happened to this site? Are there no more Windows Live news?

  • Eduardo Cedillo Martínez

    Seriously, I haven’t seen a single Windows Live article here in weeks, probably months. What happened to this site? Are there no more Windows Live news?