A mobile industry analyst has predicted that Google could sell up to 6 million units of its new Android-based Nexus One smartphone over the next 12 months.
If this level of growth is achieved it will be performing in line with the first year figures achieved by the iPhone between 2007 and 2008.
This prediction is based on what many see as a strong system for selling the phone directly, from which Google will benefit in the long run.
Sales of this magnitude would not only allow the Nexus One to encroach on the iPhone's market share, but would catapult it to pole position as the most popular Android smartphone.
Profits from the sale of the Nexus One, which will retail at an average of £400 around the world, will be welcomed by both Google and manufacturer HTC.
Google might follow up on its plans to release a direct rival to Research in Motion's BlackBerry in 2010 and the release of this phone could be even more significant if the Nexus One is able to establish the Google brand in the mobile market.
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