Sales of Android phones, such as the T-Mobile G1, will outstrip those of iPhones within the next four years, it has been predicted.
A new report from Informa Telecoms and Media forecasts that sales of phones which use the Android operating system could supersede those of Apple’s all-conquering handsets by 2012.
The change in the mobile phone landscape will be driven by the relative openness of Android over closed systems like Apple’s and by a general shift in focus away from hardware to software.
The study also predicts that smartphones will become more and more in demand as high-powered handsets fall in price.
As a result, Informa expects that by 2013 two out of every five mobile phones sold will be smartphones.
News of the predictions comes as the second mobile phone to use the Android system the HTC Magic is set to be released next month.
Vodafone will be the sole network to carry the HTC Magic in the UK.
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