You didn't see that coming, did you? Ovum's principal analyst Adam Leach came out with a bold forecast about the future of mobile platforms saying that Windows Phone will outgrow Apple's iOS in terms of market share by the year 2016. Microsoft's platform is to have a 22.6% share, higher than the 19% projected for iOS. Android is to be the leader in that yet uncertaing postapocalyptic future with a market share of 38.7%.
"We will see dramatic shifts in dominance for smartphone software platforms, with Android storming into the lead with 38.7% market share, compared to Apple iOS’ 19%, by 2016 in AP alone," Leach noted. As uncertain as it all sounds now, the forecast takes into account Nokia's adoption of Windows Phone and all of its reverberations:
"For Microsoft the deal provides a committed handset partner that has the potential to make Windows Phone a mainstream smartphone platform. The risk to Microsoft is that other handset makers may choose not to compete with Nokia and may turn their backs on Windows Phone," Leach suggested. In any case, long-term predictions in the rapidly growing industry are risky business as RIM and HP have yet to strike back with new devices and updated versions of their operating systems, but what do you think, do you see a “three-horse race” in the future?
source: Ovum via WMPowerUser