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The spread of Smartphones

April 8th, 2011 by Graham Attwell
Latest predictions on smartphone growth and operating systems as reported in the Guardiian
clipped from www.guardian.co.uk

About half of the world’s smartphones will be using Google’s Android operating system by the end of 2012, according to the research firm Gartner.

Worldwide smartphone sales are expected to reach 468m units in 2011 – a 57.7% increase on 2010. The explosive growth in affordable smartphones will see annual sales top 1.1bn by 2015, Gartner said. Sales of PCs, by comparison, will reach 387m this year, a 10.5% increase on 2010, the research firm predicted last month .

By 2015, Android will enjoy a 48.8% share of the market, ahead of Windows Phone 7 on 19.5%, iOS on 17.2% and BlackBerry on 11.1%. Nokia’s once-dominant Symbian will shrink to 0.1% of the market in this period, as its Finnish maker switches to Windows Phone 7 on higher-end handsets.

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