Android phones will have shipped 55 million units by the end of the year, it has been predicted, as Google's operating system steps up its bid to become the world's most popular smartphone platform.
According to Digitimes, which carried out the research, if Google manages to live up to its expectations the search giant's mobile market share will stand at around 24.5 per cent.
Currently, Android accounts for around 13.8 per cent of the market for high-end handsets, thanks to huge sales for the likes of the HTC Desire, HTC Legend and Samsung Galaxy S.
Nokia's Symbian platform is set to retain its place at the top of the global smartphone charts, Digitimes forecasts, holding onto 35 per cent of the market based upon current forecasts.
Research in Motion will cling onto fourth position with its BlackBerry range, but Apple's stint in second place will be a thing of the past if Google comes even close to selling its predicted number of Android-based smartphones.
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