Android to continue smartphone domination for next five years

Android to continue smartphone domination for next five years

Android will be the dominant operating system over the next five years, with smartphone volumes to grow by almost a quarter by 2017, new research has claimed.

A report by Ovum has claimed there will be 1.7 billion smartphone owners by 2017, a growth of 24.9%. The research said emerging markets will fuel the growth but developed markets such as North America and Western Europe will be almost entirely made up by smartphones.

Android smartphones had a 44% share of the market in 2011, up from 17% in 2010. Android's share is estimated to hit 48% by 2017, and will far outpace Apple. Apple's iOS will be the second most popular platform, accounting for 27% of the smartphone market, up from 23% in 2011.

Ovum's principal analyst said: 'Android will dominate the smartphone market over the next five years. While Apple has defined the smartphone market since it introduced the iPhone in 2007, we’re now seeing a sharp rise in the shipment volumes of Android, signaling its appeal to leading handset manufacturers.'

The research claimed Windows Phone, driven by its partnership with Nokia, will account for 13% of smartphones by 2017, and RIM will hold 10% of the market.

Editor: Graeme Neill

Written by Mobile Today
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