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Android phone market to enjoy 900% boom in '09

Posted: 13 May 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Google platform? Android? smart phone shipment? open source OS?

Shipments of smart phones running on the Android OS is expected to grow 900 percent in 2009, with strong support from operators, vendors and developers driving the uptake, according to Strategy Analytics.

Apple iPhone OS will be the next fastest-growing smart phone OS in 2009, with a 79 percent growth rate.

Last month, an EE Times Europe readers' poll indicated that, despite the current popularity of Apple's iPhone, Google with its Android OS and platform is set to take the leading position in the smart phone market.

Some 30 percent of the poll said that Android would come to lead the smart phone market. The Symbian OS, now a creature of leading handset maker Nokia, and the Linux Mobile OS came in joint second place with 21 percent of the vote.

Tom Kang, senior analyst at Strategy Analytics, said: 'The Android mobile operating system from Google gained early traction in the U.S. in the second half of 2008 and it is gradually spreading its presence into Europe and Asia during 2009. Android is expanding from a low base and it is consequently outgrowing the iPhone OS from Apple, which we estimate will grow at a relatively lower 79 percent annually in 2009."

Neil Mawston, director at Strategy Analytics, added: "A relatively low-cost licensing model, its semi-open-source structure and Google's support for cloud services have encouraged companies such as HTC, Motorola, Samsung, T Mobile, Vodafone and others to support the Android operating system. Android is now in a good position to become a top-tier player in smart phones over the next two to three years."

- John Walko
EE Times Europe





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