Android Will Capture Half of the Smartphone Market by 2012

Market research firm, Gartner has predicted tremendous growth in smartphone market in coming years. According to the research, Symbian market share will decrease and fall under double figures whereas, Android will be leading the market with almost half the market share by the year 2012.

Gartner predicts that the worldwide smartphone sales will reach 468 million unit in 2011 and Android will lead with 38.5% of total market. Android market share will increase to 49.9% by 2012.

Based on Andriod previous records, we are optimistic that there will be a significant growth in next couple of years but it will lose some of its market share after three years. Symbian which is becoming obsolete with the passage of time will command a nominal share of 0.1% by 2015. Windows Phone 7 market share is expected to grow to 10.8%, which will continue increasing to 19.5% in 2015.

Apple iOS and Blackberry will hold 17.2% and 11.1% market shares in 2015 respectively. Other platforms are estimated to grow to 3.3% market share.

We are skeptical about Windows Phone 7 being on number two on the smartphone market. The reason is that anything can happen with Microsoft and Nokia’s partnership in next couple of years. Also Apple is playing its cards very carefully when it comes to iPhone and other iOS devices.

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