Analysts from IDC have updated their smartphone shipment forecast and now believe that 472 million smartphones will ship in 2011 and 982 million in 2015. In 2015, 43.8% of all smartphones are expected to be Android devices, translating to 1.1 million activated devices every day, up from about 300,000 today.
IDC repeats its conviction that Windows Phone 7 will be capturing the No. 2 spot by 2016 and hold about 20.3% of the market. This forecast rests on the hope that Nokia
BlackBerry takes the No. 4 spot in the ranking with a 13.4% share. There is no mention of Hewlett-Packard's
However, the IDC estimates could be questioned from various angles. The overall growth forecast is based on falling data-plan prices, which isn't really happening today. Flat rates are being canceled, and we are seeing both AT&T
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