IDC has updated their forecast for the full year of 2015, The change notes a slowing of the smartphone market, noting that for the first time it will grow less than 10% Year on Year, down from 27% in 2014
For this year however Windows phones are expected to see a decline rather than growth, with only 31.3 million handsets expected to be shipped this year.Ramon Llamas, an analyst at IDC blamed the decline on a lack of focus by Microsoft on improving their smartphone operating system, with its main focus rather being on PCs and tablets. IDC had earlier expected Windows phone shipments to grow 34% instead of declining 10.2% in 2015.
Things do not improve growing forward, with the IDC revising their prediction for future growth to 4.5% compound annual growth rate, to reach 43.6 million shipments in 2019, for a market share of 2.3%.
“Despite all the effort Microsoft has put in the launch of Windows 10, IDC does not expect Microsoft’s share of the smartphone OS market to grow much over the coming years,” IDC said in a statement.IDC’s Llamas blamed the poor performance on the lack of partner support by OEMs.
“I don’t see any vendor stepping up to the Windows Phone plate to say we will be a primary vendor of Windows Phone, although they might have it as secondary choice behind Android,” said Ramon Llamas, an analyst at IDC, in an interview, though he expected some Android vendors such as HTC, LG, Samsung to sell windows Phones as a secondary line.