New Report: Smartphones Will Share the Stage, No One Will Dominate the MarketBy Chris Weiss
Over the past few years, everyone’s been waiting for either Apple or Android to emerge as the dominating force in the smartphone market. It may not be entirely fair, since the iPhone is one phone by one company on one network and Android is used in a whole kiosk worth of phones made by a variety of manufacturers and carried on the gamut of major networks, but that’s clearly how the battle has been framed.
According to an article today on MSNBC that cites a recent report by research firm IDC, neither one of these formidable players may come out as a market leader. In fact, no one will. The report speculates that the market will be divided among five key players over the next five years: Apple, Google, RIM , Microsoft and Nokia, or, more specifically, iOS, Android, Blackberry OS, Windows Phone/Mobile and Symbian.
Kevin Restivo, senior research analyst with IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker says in the piece: “There is ample room for multiple players to grow. No one smart phone OS will dominate mobile phones in the way that Microsoft has with Windows on the personal computer.”
The report estimates that Android will jump from around 16 percent to 24 percent of the global market share by 2014; Apple will fall from 15 to 11 percent; and Nokia from 40 to 33 percent.
So while no one phone will dominate, it appears that Android has a bright future. [via MSNBC]