IDC predicts Android market growth to end, and Windows Phone to beat out iOS
It looks as though Android's meteoric rise in the smartphone market may be coming to an end, at least according to a new report by IDC. The report says that Android's growth could end this year, and by 2016, Windows Phone may pull ahead of iOS. It's hard to believe though, given that we've seen a couple of reports from comScore showing Android sales are still on the rise. Of course, as far back as last year, Gartner was predicting similar numbers.
IDC is also saying that overall mobile phone shipments will grow from 1.7 billion handsets this year to 2.3 billion in 2016, with smartphones continuing to gain share and offset the decline of feature phones.
At the least, IDC doesn't seem to expect much from newcomer Tizen, but overall we'd say the numbers seem reasonable, barring some sort of catastrophic move by one of the big players.