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Android mobiles to overtake iPhones?

Android mobiles to overtake iPhones?

Android mobile phones will account for 14 per cent of the global market for smartphones within three years time, a market analysis firm predicts.

Currently, phones that employ Google’s operating system make up just two per cent of the high-end mobiles on the market.

However, huge uptake for Android phones in years to come will see their share of the smartphone sector surge by 12 per cent by 2012, according to Gartner analyst Ken Dulaney.

This would make Android phones the second largest player in the smartphone market, ahead of Apple iPhones which Mr Dulaney told Computer World will lie in third place with a 12 per cent share.

Meanwhile, the top spot will continue to be occupied by phones using the Nokia Symbian platform, he said.

The first Android mobile phone to launch was the T-Mobile G1, which arrived late last year and has since been followed by the HTC Hero and the T-Mobile G2.

Meanwhile, further Android phones due to be released in the fourth quarter include the Motorola Dext and the HTC Tattoo.

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