Android will become the most popular smartphone platform on the planet by 2015, according to an analyst report.
Informa Telecoms & Media predicts that by 2012 Android sales will surpass those of Nokia’s Symbian.
Malik Kamal-Saadi, principal analyst at Informa, said: “In terms of sales, smartphones powered by Android are expected to surpass these of Symbian as early as 2012 with more than 142 million Android phones expected to sell that year versus 137 million for Symbian.”
“Informa Telecoms & Media expects that the market share of Symbian, from total smartphone users, to drop significantly from 53 per cent in 2009 to 32 per cent in 2015.
“In fact, the platform will maintain its leading position until 2014 when it will be ousted by Android, which will become the new platform leader thereafter."
The figures don’t bode well for Nokia, which only last week vowed to claw back market share it has lost to Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android operating system.
Kamal-Saadi claims that it would benefit the smartphone industry as a whole if Nokia were to join the Android ecosystem instead of persisting with its current strategy with Symbian, which only addresses “niche markets” for a very low profit margin.
Informa expects the growth of the global smartphone market on the whole to be spurred by competition between the leading platforms and manufacturers.
“This growth will be driven by the ongoing competition between top tier manufacturers and challengers such as Google, RIM, Apple and Microsoft who are racing to create the best possible user experience at lower pricing points,” the company said.