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Android will soon trail only Symbian, says IDC

Jan 26, 2010, 13:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Brown)

"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 source."

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