Google Android Mobile OS the "Wild Card," IDC predicting Will rise to 24.6 percent in 2014

IDC released some highly specific predictions for the worldwide smartphone market, releasing projections that show Microsoft's Windows Phone rising to 9.8% market share by 2014, up from 6.8% this year. That would put Microsoft hot on the heels of Apple's iPhone, which the firm sees declining from 14.7% to 10.9% market share over the same […]

IDC released some highly specific predictions for the worldwide smartphone market, releasing projections that show Microsoft's Windows Phone rising to 9.8% market share by 2014, up from 6.8% this year. That would put Microsoft hot on the heels of Apple's iPhone, which the firm sees declining from 14.7% to 10.9% market share over the same time period.

The firm calls Google's Android operating system the "wild card," predicting that its market share will rise to 24.6% in 2014, from its current 16.3%, putting it in the No. 3 position. BlackBerry would stay at No. 2, around 17%, while Symbian is poised to fall from 40% to about 33%, IDC predicts.

DC says it expects smartphone shipments to rise 24.5% in 2011, but the firm then sees the growth rate declining in subsequent years, to the point that it's increasing just 13.6% in 2014.