IDC 2018 Predictions

idc.gifIDC has a new press release showing expected (2014) shipments and forecasts for 2018. IDC expect the market to remain relatively unchanged over the next five years with Android and iOS slightly losing market share to Windows Phone. IDC follows the same consensus as the rest of the industry that growth will be mainly in emerging markets, including India, Indonesia, Russia and China and involve phones with low average selling prices (ASP).

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If IDCs predictions are reliable then this marks the start of a period of relative stability for mobile developers. We can create apps in knowledge that the same platforms will be prominent and have stable market share for the near future. However, if recent news is a good barometer, we might need to also start thinking about wearables (see the recent FirstPartner Market Map) and IoT devices that connect to smartphones.