Android To Surpass iPhone OS by 2012

19 Oct 2009 | Smartphone , Software | 0 comments


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In a recent forecast on smartphone operating system usage in 2012, research firm Gartner Inc. has moved Apple's iPhone OS to the number 4 spot, slightly behind the BlackBerry, while Google's Android enjoys the second place, behind the leading Symbian, the OS running on Nokia devices.

The Android OS is expected to run on 18% of all smartphones, representing 94 million users of 525 million, up from less than 2% of all smartphones sold in 2009.

The difference between the BlackBerry OS and the iPhone OS is expected to be very small, 13.9% (73 million) vs 13.6% (71.5 million).

Microsoft's Windows Mobile has dropped on the list, with only 9%, converting to 47.7 million phones in 2012.

The full list is as follows: From a total of 525 million smartphones:


  1. Symbian, 37.4% (196.5 million)

  2. Android, 18% (94.5 million)

  3. BlackBerry, 13.9% (73 million)

  4. iPhone, 13.6% (71.5 million)

  5. Windows Mobile, 9% (47.7 million sold)

  6. Maemo, 4.5% (23.5 million)

  7. Linux, 2.1% (11 million)

  8. WebOS, 1.4% (7.6 million)

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