News by Michael Oryl on Saturday September 11, 2010.
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Research firm Gartner has just released a report projecting that Google's Android smartphone operating system will assume the number 2 position worldwide this year, and will close in on Symbian and its long held number 1 position by 2014.
Gartner's numbers for 2010 put Symbian at a 40.1 percent market share with Android coming in at 17.7 percent. Research In Motion's BlackBerry OS is projected to slightly trail Android, at 17.5 percent, and Apple's iOS is expected to account for 15.4 percent. Microsoft's Windows Mobile and Windows Phone 7 systems are expected to control 4.7 percent of the market.
This is a significant change in the landscape compared with last year, which saw Symbian at a 46.9 percent share, followed by RIM (19.9), Apple (14.4), Microsoft (8.7), and Android (3.9). It is worth pointing out that despite Symbian, RIM, and Apple all showing market share drops, each sold significantly more smartphones in 2010 than in 2009. Only Microsoft managed to actually sell fewer smartphones this year than last.
The full projected sales chart can be viewed at the Gartner website.