Next year is clearly going to be an exciting time for the smartphone device market. There have been many predictions made as to who and what will sell the most and how the new devices that will be released will compare to their predecessors.
One of the more interesting battles in terms of device sales will be staged between the Microsoft Windows Phone 8 platform and the hotly anticipated BlackBerry 10 OS and smartphone range from Research In Motion (RIM).
Expectations for sales of Microsoft Windows Phone devices hover at around fifty-three million devices which will essentially out them in third place, sitting comfortably but not too prettily, behind obvious market leaders iOS and Android.
Judging from this year’s performance, one would expect RIM to come in fourth in the smartphone league tables; however nothing will be known for certain until the launch of the BlackBerry 10 smartphone sometime in the first quarter of 2013 (all being well). There is still a chance that RIM could pip Microsoft to the third spot post.
Interestingly Android and iOS started quite some time ago so there has to be a management of expectations for sales of Microsoft’s Windows Phones as they are coming in from behind.
There is of course that chance that as the platform becomes more ‘commonplace’ that sales will begin to rise and Microsoft may start to close the gap. As it stands at the moment, all will be revealed as next year progresses…and probably not before.