"Android will trail only Symbian in mobile phone market share by
2013, according to IDC. Android phones such as the pictured Sony
Ericsson Xperia X10, which is now heading for NTT DoCoMo, will grow
150.4 percent to 68.0 million units by 2013, but other Linux-based
phones will struggle, says IDC.
"Starting from only 690,000 units in 2008, total handset
shipments of phones with the open source Linux-based Android OS
will reach 68.0 million units by 2013, second only to Symbian, says
IDC. The 150.4 percent projected growth rate is said to be the
highest for the period.
"The firm did not list figures for other OSes, but noted that
Android will benefit from "having a growing footprint of handset
vendors supporting it." As for Symbian, it will continue to stay
strong due to Nokia's strength outside the U.S., says IDC, which
made no mention of the impact of Symbian's transition to open