Update: April Fools! Many of you caught on quickly, but it was all good fun. Of course we won’t turn our back on our heritage as an iOS-centric site, although you can expect our coverage to broaden as community interests evolve.
A recent report by respected research firm IDC paints an interesting picture of what the mobile operating system marketshare figures will look like in a few short years, and the fact is that it just doesn’t look like iOS will fare that well.
Worldwide Smartphone Operating System 2011 and 2015 Market Share and 2011-2015 CAGR (listed alphabetically)
2011 Market Share 2015 Market Share 2011-2015 CAGR Android 39.5% 45.4% 23.8% BlackBerry 14.9% 13.7% 17.1% iOS 15.7% 15.3% 18.8% Symbian 20.9% 0.2% -65.0% Windows Phone
5.5% 20.9% 67.1% Others 3.5% 4.6% 28.0% Total 100.0% 100.0% 19.6%
Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, March 29, 2011
While iOS has been a great topic to cover for the last 3.5 years, I think this is a good as time as any to start shifting the focus of the site towards platforms that will eventually win out against iOS, most notably Windows Phone 7. When taking into account the popular demand for this move, I think it is clear that this is the right decision. The transition has started today and we’ll slowly be rolling out the new sections over the next few days.