IDC: Mobile Phone Shipments to Grow in 2013; Android Dominates
The worldwide mobile phone market is forecast to rebound from last year’s growth standstill, increasing by 7.3 percent year over year in 2013, a point of interest for managed services providers (MSPs) offering mobile device management (MDM) services.
IT research firm International Data Corp. (IDC) released the forecast in a report on the strength of smartphone shipments across all geographies, revealing a strong demand and predicting more than 1 billion smartphone unit shipments for the first time in a single year, along with 40 percent year over year growth.
“Two years ago, the worldwide smartphone market flirted with shipping half a billion units for the first time –- to double that in just two years highlights the ubiquity that smartphones have achieved,” IDC Mobile Phone Team Research Manager Ramon Llamas said in prepared remarks.
The research firm said this smartphone growth could be the result of a variety of factors, including steep device subsidies from carriers, especially in mature economic markets, as well as a growing array of sub-$200 smartphones.
Also, according to the report, vendors are forecast to ship more than 1.8 billion mobile phones this year, growing to over 2.3 billion mobile phones forecast to ship in 2017. Which operating systems (OSs), then, are dominating the market, at this time?
Gartner, Inc. (IT) reported in June 2013 that Google (GOOG) Android is expected to dominate the OS market — an analysis that seems to hold true. The IDC report revealed that Android remains the dominant smartphone operating system, taking 75.3 percent of the market, way ahead of Apple (AAPL)’s 16.9 percent share.
IDC said Microsoft (MSFT) Windows will go from a 3.9 percent share of the market in 2013 to a 10.2 percent share in 2017 — unlike Blackberry (BBRY) OS, which will move down from 2.7 percent in 2013 to 1.7 percent in 2017.