The analyst firm IDC has released a new study outlining the future growth of Google's Android mobile operating system, suggesting that it will be the second most popular platform for manufacturers of smartphones by the year 2013.
68 million mobiles are predicted to be running on Android in three years time, which will outnumber those using either the iPhone or BlackBerry OS and represent a considerable growth of Android's market share.
The study does not explicitly examine the relative position of rival operating systems, but predicts that most major rivals will be pushed further down the rankings by the ascent of Android.
The open-source nature of Android, which allows mobile firms that do not have their own in-house operating systems to create Android-based phones with ease, will allow it to eat into the market currently accommodated by Windows Mobile.
Because both Apple and RIM do not license their own software to other firms, keeping it exclusive to the iPhone and BlackBerry ranges respectively, Android is not a direct threat.
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