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Android phone shipments seen growing 900% in '09

May 11, 2009 //

Shipments of smartphones running on the Android operating system will grow 900 percent in 2009, with strong support from operators, vendors and developers driving the uptake, according to market research group Strategy Analytics.


LONDON — Shipments of smartphones running on the Android operating system will grow 900 percent in 2009, with strong support from operators, vendors and developers driving the uptake, according to market research group Strategy Analytics.

Apple iPhone OS will be the next fastest-growing smartphone operating system in 2009, with a 79 percent growth rate.

Last month, an EE Times Europe readers' poll indicated that, despite the current popularity of Apple's iPhone, Google with its Android operating system and platform is set to take the leading position in the smartphone market.

Some 30 percent of the poll said that Android would come to lead the smartphone market. The Symbian OS, now a creature of leading handset maker Nokia, and the Linux Mobile OS came in joint second place with 21 percent of the vote.

Tom Kang, Senior Analyst at Strategy Analytics (Milton Keynes, England and Boston, MA), said: 'The Android mobile operating system from Google gained early traction in the U.S. in the second half of 2008 and it is gradually spreading its presence into Europe and Asia during 2009. Android is expanding from a low base and it is consequently outgrowing the iPhone OS from Apple, which we estimate will grow at a relatively lower 79 percent annually in 2009."

Neil Mawston, Director at Strategy Analytics, added: "A relatively low-cost licensing model, its semi-open-source structure and Google's support for cloud services have encouraged companies such as HTC, Motorola, Samsung, T Mobile, Vodafone and others to support the Android operating system. Android is now in a good position to become a top-tier player in smartphones over the next two to three years."

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