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Android phone shipments to explode in '09

Posted: 13 May 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:smartphone shipments  Android  iPhone OS  smartphone operating system 

According to market research group Strategy Analytics, global Android smartphone shipments will grow 900 per cent this year, with healthy support from operators, vendors and developers driving the uptake.

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

Tom Kang, senior analyst at Strategy Analytics, said, "We forecast global Android smartphone shipments to grow an impressive 900 per cent annually during 2009. The Android mobile operating system from Google gained early traction in the United States 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 per cent annually in 2009."

Neil Mawston, Director at Strategy Analytics, added, ""Android has fast been winning healthy support among operators, vendors and developers. A relatively low-cost licencing 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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