Google’s Android platform will be the second largest operating system by the end of the year, a leading analysis firm predicts.
According to Gartner, Android will make up 17.5 per cent of the market in 2010. In 2009, its share was just 3.9 per cent.
In third place, is iOS – as featured on Apple iPhones – which will account for 15.4 per cent of the sector at the close of this year, compared with 14.4 per cent in 2009.
Nokia will retain its market leader status for the time being, Gartner predicts, but could be supplanted at the top of the smartphone tree by Android as early as 2014.
A spokesperson for Gartner stated: “Single-source platforms, such as Apple’s iOS and Research in Motion’s OS, will increase in unit terms, but their growth rate will be below market average and not enough to sustain share increase.”
Android’s rise in the smartphone market has been driven by sales for in-demand HTC mobiles such as the Desire and Legend and the more recent Samsung Galaxy S.