Microsoft's Windows Phone Beats iOS by 2015: Analyst
Microsoft's Windows Phone will beat iOS in the smartphone market by 2015, coming in second to Google Android, according to a new analyst report.Microsoft could seize second place in the smartphone operating-system market by 2015, largely on the strength of Nokia's Windows Phone line, according to a new report by IHS. Nokia made something of a splash at last week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, largely on the strength of its upcoming Lumia 900 smartphone, which pairs Windows Phone software with higher-end hardware and a sleek design. "Combined with Nokia's efforts to drive the development of the Windows Phone ecosystem," Wayne Lam, the firm's senior analyst for wireless communications, wrote in a Jan. 19 statement, "the Lumia 900 and its successors will help Microsoft to reclaim its No. 2 ranking in smartphone operating system market share by 2015."
While IHS estimates Windows Phone's market share at 2 percent of all smartphones shipped in 2011, it believes that will rise to 16.7 percent within three years-placing Microsoft's smartphone platform slightly ahead of the firm's projections for Apple's iOS but behind those for Google Android. Nokia would be responsible for a lion's share of Windows Phone devices sold, although its share would level off as more manufacturers make increasingly robust plays within the ecosystem.