IDC, released its Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker report this morning predicting that Windows Phone, with a projected 67% year-over-year growth rate, will eclipse Apple's iPhone to become the #2 smartphone in the market worldwide.
It's not all roses for Windows Phone in the IDC report, as the reports indicates that Google's Android will remain the dominant smartphone OS between now and 2015, growing its current worldwide share from 39.5% to 45.4%. But IDC is predicting that Microsoft's Windows Phone OS will come in at No. 2 by 2015, growing from 5.5% share this year to 20.9%. Meanwhile, IDC claims that iOS will drop from 15.7% share, to 15.3% share in 2015.
Here're the numbers, as projected by IDC:
IDC is tracking what it calls "exceptional" smartphone market growth in 2011, and expects it to continue:
The worldwide smartphone market is expected to grow 49.2% in 2011 as more consumers and enterprise users turn in their feature phones for smartphones with more advanced features. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, smartphone vendors will ship more than 450 million smartphones in 2011 compared to the 303.4 million units shipped in 2010. Moreover, the smartphone market will grow more than four times faster than the overall mobile phone market.