A report released today by global technology market analyst IDC states something that isn't a big surprise - the global smartphone market will grow by about 50% in 2011 - and something that is a bit surprising...
The chart above shows it all, but in summary, IDC believes that by 2015 Android will have nearly half of global smartphone market share, and Windows Phone 7 will have the #2 spot at roughly 20%.
It's good to see, and not a surprise, that they think Android will continue to grow. Clearly Android's strategy is taking them in the direction of touching as many people as possible through multiple manufacturers. The "openness" of Android will continue to be attractive to the makers of these devices, as they can do essentially whatever they want with it.
Windows Phone 7 at #2 though? Well, I don't believe that's quite as shocking as it might look initially. Their strategy is similar to Android's (and differs from iOS and Blackberry) in that they will be using multiple manufacturers. That alone should help boost its growth. Add to that the Nokia partnership, and this might not be too far fetched after all.
What do you think? Is the Android forecast too aggressive? Is the WP7 forecast absurd? (please try and be unbiased!)