Google's Smart Phone Market Share Nears 50%
Android, Google's wildly successful mobile operating system, is making big gains against its rivals. According to research firm Gartner, Google will have an estimated 38.5% of the market by the end of 2011.
According to the market researcher, more than 296 million smartphones shipped last year. Out of that, Symbian secured 37.6 percent market share, followed by Android's 22.7 percent share, and BlackBerry OS with 16 percent of the market. In 2011, the number of smartphone shipments around the world will explode to nearly 468 million units. That growth will help Android snag 38.5 percent market share by the end of the year, followed by Apple's iOS at 19.4 percent, and Symbian at 19.2 percent, Gartner said.
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Gartner projects that 2011 sales of smartphones worldwide will jump 57.7% from 2010, topping out at a whopping 468 millions phones. Both the predictions of total smartphone growth and of Android’s dominance mirror a previous study by the IDC.
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