"According to the Strategy Analytics report, "Global Smartphone
Vendor Market Share by Region: 2008," Android will outpace the
growth of the fast-growing Apple iPhone and RIM BlackBerry this
year, writes Michelle Maisto in eWEEK. While sales of phones
running the Android stack will grow at a 900 percent rate, the
iPhone OS will grow at 79 percent in 2009, says the story.
"The study pegs global smartphone shipments at 152 million units
worldwide in 2008, representing over 20 percent growth annually in
a year marked by a major recession. Asia Pacific continues its
position as the largest market for smartphones, followed by North
America and Western Europe, says the study. Symbian, meanwhile, is
said to be the only major smartphone OS to lose market share last
year, and RIM Blackberry is reported to have displaced Microsoft's
Windows Mobile to become the second leading smartphone OS. No other
details were available, however."