Citing the latest data from Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, a division of International Data Corporation (IDC), the market researcher predicts over 450 million units of smartphones will ship in 2011. This is going to be an increase of 50% from 2010, as phone makers shipped only 303.4 million units of feature phones last year.
The research firm also predicts that Android will take control of 39.5% of all smartphone operating system in 2011. It follows by Nokia’s Symbian operating system at 20.9% share. The popular Apple iOS will has about 15.7% share. RIM's BlackBerry will take away about 14.9% share. Microsoft Windows Phone 7 only has about 5.5% share at the moment, but this will not be too long to get the giant software company’s fortune back in order.
With its recent partnership with the world’s largest phone maker Nokia, Microsoft Windows Phone 7 operating system which was launched in late October 2010 will soon take the second spot in the smartphone market. The research firm predicts by 2015 Windows Phone 7 operating system will reach its highest share of smartphone platform at 20.9%. Aside of Nokia’s partnership, the best features on Windows Phone 7 operating are its integration with Microsoft Office productivity software (i.e., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), Xbox gaming platform (i.e., Xbox 360 Kinect), and Microsoft's decision engine Bing.