Android Surges while Symbian Declines according to IDC

IDC has released their latest predictions on the market share of mobile Operating Systems and sales over the next few years. According to their report, more people will be getting themselves a smartphone due to declining costs and lower data rates world-wide, so much that it will approach almost 1 billion handset sales in 2015.

“The smartphone floodgates are open wide,” said Kevin Restivo, senior research analyst with IDC in their press release. “Mobile phone users around the world are turning in their ‘talk-and-text’ devices for smartphones as these devices allow users to perform daily tasks like shopping and banking from anywhere. The growth trend is particularly pronounced in emerging markets where adoption is still in its early days. As a result, the growth in regions such as Asia/Pacific and Latin America, will be dramatic over the coming years.”

The also predict that Android will end up the winner in the smartphone ecosystem with a growth of 40% by the end of 2011 and with a market share of more than 40% by 2015. According to IDC Symbian’s marketshare will hardly be 0.1% in the smartphones market by 2015, because of Nokia’s focus on Windows Phone 7 for their smartphone segment. Apple’s IOS and RIM’s Blackberry will experience a slight decline in marketshare.

Read the full report in IDC’s press release at this link. Ok Apple and Blackberry fanboys, what do you think? Will your favorite platforms outsell Android? Let us know by sending us a tweet @myportableworld

Hat tip to Praveen for the link to the report.

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