9/13/2010 11:14:00 AM
Android predicted to reach second place in 2010
Android has been forecast to become the second biggest operating system globally this year by analyst Gartner.
The analyst firm predicts that Android will overtake RIM by just 0.2% in market share during 2010.
Gartner is predicting that Symbian and Android will make up 59.8% of mobile operating system sales by 2014.
Gartner principal research analyst Roberta Cozza said: ‘The worldwide mobile OS market is dominated by four players: Symbian, Android, Research In Motion and iOS.
‘Launches of updated operating systems — such as Apple iOS 4, BlackBerry OS 6, Symbian 3 and Symbian 4, and Windows Phone 7 — will help maintain strong growth in smartphones in 2H10 and 2011 and spur innovation.
'However, we believe that market share in the OS space will consolidate around a few key OS providers that have the most support from communication service providers and developers and strong brand awareness with consumer and enterprise customers.’