IDC: Android To Outpace iOS, Smartphone Sales Up 55.4% In 2010

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MediaPost, 9/8/10

Android will edge out Apple’s iOS to become the third-most pervasive mobile operating system, with a 16.3% share of smartphones shipped worldwide in 2010. In a new report, technology research firm IDC also projects that by 2014 Android will be second only to Symbian among smartphone platforms, boasting a 24.6% share in a more fragmented market.

The predictions for Google’s fast-growing Android system are part of a broader forecast by IDC predicting smartphone units shipped globally will grow 55.4% this year to nearly 270 million compared to 173.5 million in 2009.

For the first half of 2010, vendors shipped a total of 119.4 million units or 55.5% more than the 76.8 million in the year-earlier period. Smartphone sales has been buoyed in recent months by the launch of high-profile new models such as the BlackBerry Torch, Evo 4G, iPhone 4 and Droid X.

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