Many of you are using smartphone to access UrbanIslandz.com on a daily basis, so its only natural we give you an insight in the market from time to time.
At present, Technology giants, Apple and Google are engaged in a heated battle to control the smartphone market, but one of the two will reign supreme down the road.
New predictions by research analyst firm Gartner hint that by the year 2015 Mircosoft windows mobile will overtake Apple’s popular IOS. Whats even worse for Apple is that Android will control nearly 50% of the smartphone market in two years.
Gartner claims Android will jump from 38.5% market share this year to 49.2% in 2012. That’s more than double its 22.7% market share in 2010.
Just as mind-boggling is the conclusion that iOS will actually peak in market share this year at 19.4%, then drop to 18.9% next year and 17.2% by 2015. Windows Phone, on the other hand, will grow from 5.6% this year to 10.8% next year and eventually reach 19.5% in 2015, according to the research firm’s estimates. BlackBerry is destined for a slow decline, dropping from 13.4% this year to 11.1% in 2015.
Some of the predictions are hard to swallow, however, 65% of smartphone users who browse UrbanIslandz.com regularly are actually Android users.
Gartner assumes Apple is interesting in maintaining margins over increasing market share and RIM will migrate from BlackBerry OS to QNX by 2012.
RIM only acquired QNX Software last year. We believe it will take more time for RIM to fully integrate QNX software into its devices. 2012 is too aggressive.
Apple though is testing cheaper phones and seems to have learned from its mistakes competing with Microsoft during the Mac vs. PC years.
Which mobile operating system do you think will rule the market in the next 4 years.