Windows Phone: bigger than iPhone by 2015

30th Mar 2011 | 09:51

Windows Phone: bigger than iPhone by 2015

Nokia tie-up brings confident prediction

TechRadar rating:

4 stars

Like:

Large screen is great for movies; Stereo speakers; Slick interface; Kickstand for easy use; Sound enhancement genuinely works

Dislike:

No Flash on internet browser; Windows Phone 7 still lacking some features; Some might find the screen too large; Lock button is hard to hit; HTC Hub doesn't offer a lot

Microsoft's Windows Phone will become the second most used mobile OS by 2015, according to respected analysts IDC.

Windows Phone 7 represents Microsoft's big push for a decent share of the mobile phone market, and as well as a well-received user interface, a recent deal with Nokia to put the OS on its phones suggests the future is brighter for the US software giant.

These factors were among those that have convinced IDC that, aside from Android, Windows Phone will be a familiar site – ahead of Apple's iOS, RIM's BlackBerry OS and Nokia's own Symbian – picking up around a fifth of the total market.

Step change

"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," said Ramon Llamas, senior research analyst with IDC's Mobile Devices Technology and Trends.

"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."

IDC believes that the overall mobile phone market will grow by nearly half (49.2 per cent) inside of the current year, a huge growth but not on the same scale as 2010.

"Overall market growth in 2010 was exceptional," said Kevin Restivo, senior research analyst with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker.

"Last year's high market growth was due in part to pent-up demand from a challenging 2009, when many buyers held off on mobile phone purchases.

"The expected market growth for 2011, while still notable, will taper off somewhat from what we saw in 2010."

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