The mobile phone market will be marked by huge growth in the range of Android powered handsets in months to come, according to a new report.
A study from Strategy Analytics forecasts that the number of phones that use the Google operating system will expand by 900 per cent this year.
Neil Mawston, director of the company, attributed the trend chiefly to the open source structure employed by Android.
He said: "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 and it is now in a good position to become a top-tier player in smartphones over the next two to three years."
Currently just two Android phones are available in the UK, namely the HTC Magic, which is exclusive to Vodafone, and the T-Mobile G1.
However, in months to come Android phones are being prepared for release by all major industry players including Nokia, Sony Ericsson and Samsung.