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IDC: Android and iOS to stay on top by 2016, WP to progress slowly

05 December, 2012 | Read the news | Post your comment
IDC: Android and iOS to stay on top by 2016, WP to progress slowly - read the full textThe marketing intelligence and analysis company IDC has revisited its smartphone market predictions for the following four years. It's become quite a tradition for IDC to post different numbers in each report, which serves to show just how impossible task it is trying to achieve, predicting a...


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The quality of the operating system is a red herring. It only has to be good enough (some would say DOS and early Windows was not even that) What matters is the number of manufacturers and developers adopting the platform. On PCs that is what made Windows and all but killed the Mac and did kill Atari, Commodore, Acorn etc. Android and the licensing of ARM designs make them the new Wintel but more so because both are available to third party developers in a way that neither x86 nor Windows were on PCs. The only mitigation is that the rise of open standards means the lock-in to individual platforms is not as strong as it was so it is possible minority platforms will persist much longer.

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  • 2012-12-12 00:04
  • n$ek

Windows phone sucks ! It was never a phone company, coz of apple they starred doing it. Android will sell as its cheap, Apple will sell at its best …. Windows will continue to suck…. just a horrible horrible product.

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  • 2012-12-09 08:51
  • t7Cu

I think windows will overtake IOs. IOs will go somewhere near 10%, WP near 15%, Android 65%, others 10%.

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  • 2012-12-07 13:16
  • 9C$n

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2012-12-05 19:54 from 7t5d - click to readexactly. i thing ubuntu ppl will try to bring a smartphone os

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  • 2012-12-06 11:45
  • KIBL

i think tizen will rock.with sammys amazing hardwre it wil give tough fight to wp and bb..

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  • 2012-12-06 07:10
  • rKde

Windows Phone will definitely grow and mature to take over iOS..

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  • 2012-12-06 03:08
  • PPgT

android wp rim and ios may stay for a while and may continue to grow or other wise who knows some better **open os** may come with better features and sweap them all

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  • 2012-12-05 19:54
  • 7t5d

I am sure that the picture would be different when the rest of the world is considered...

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  • 2012-12-05 16:06
  • fmV@

#1 Android
#2 iOS
#3 empty

WP out of challenge and also maybe will take over by new OS's like MeGoo .

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  • 2012-12-05 15:57
  • iLH{

microsoft craphone is still crap.

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  • 2012-12-05 15:33
  • J9yv

IOS I the best......

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  • 2012-12-05 14:42
  • 7tAT

Ios was one of the worst communist OS. It's also not user friendly, lots of thing not able to do as m wish. For some moment I thought apple founders or the company came from Cuba or North Korea.

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  • 2012-12-05 14:41
  • tRgX

iOS is the best

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  • 2012-12-05 11:25
  • vGcN

'that red band for Windows WILL be way wider for 2016...' - Anon

LOL - of course it will....

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  • 2012-12-05 10:41
  • dNA1

Nokia means No-Apps.
Be it symbian, or be it Windows! Sucks...

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  • 2012-12-05 10:31
  • t1$A

that red band for Windows WILL be way wider for 2016...

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  • 2012-12-05 10:10
  • gynF

> In reply to droopy @ 2012-12-05 04:52 from L5}Q - click to readactually android dominateds all three markets
low (cheap 99$ androids, mid (s2, galaxy nexus, galaxy ace 2, high, one x+ s3 and note 2)

note 2 alone will probably outsell ALL windows phone put together

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  • 2012-12-05 10:06
  • PvYx

> In reply to Simy @ 2012-12-05 09:49 from ms3a - click to readnokia predictions all mroe funny
they should be selling 30 m windows phone per quarter by now.
replacing symbian, they only sold 2.9m even less than BADA

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  • 2012-12-05 10:03
  • PvYx

IDC (I don't care) about IDC

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  • 2012-12-05 10:00
  • p@BC

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