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Android will rule the smartphones, WP7 will be second, says Gartner

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Android will rule the smartphones, WP7 will be second, says Gartner - read the full textAccording to the analysts over at Gartner, Android will be the most popular mobile OS in the next four years reaching almost 50% market share. Meanwhile Windows Phone will catch up and overtake the second place from iOS by 2015 with 20% market share. This is what the latest Gartner's report...


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See this statatics, and think about nokia not loosing market share only operating system, And compare to andriod Micro soft operating, and mac si always best, Andriod is the worst opertaing system only for app and enterinment, no use

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  • 2011-11-23 13:53
  • ut94

android is best.

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  • 2011-05-12 20:26
  • s82R

samsung smart mobiles is best...

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  • 2011-05-12 20:22
  • s82R

Android will rule the smartphones - I DON'T THINK SO..

Some Samsung Phones reboots by itself because of the Android OS


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  • 2011-05-02 02:06
  • K7gQ

> In reply to mickal @ 2011-04-12 04:35 from RJdm - click to readHAHA! Apple will keep leading? It's not even leading now!

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  • 2011-04-28 02:52
  • v6v2

> In reply to Kris @ 2011-04-15 13:46 from wHrS - click to readSymbian is not dying. At least it's not being killed by Nokia. Nokia have promised to continuously update Symbian. There are still 250 million Symbian users, and 150 million more expected.

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  • 2011-04-27 21:26
  • iCEV

No one can't be sure about Symbian's marketshare, as no one really knows how good the upcoming updates will make Symbian. But as far as I have seen, the new updates will make it more snappy.

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  • 2011-04-27 21:22
  • iCEV

> In reply to mickal @ 2011-04-12 04:35 from RJdm - click to readI dont know where you read that Apple is leading, but Apple NEVER led, NEVER held the number one spot in terms of mobile phone OS sales. Android ate up Symbian, jumping from third to first, while Symbian dropped from first to third, with Apple sitting still at second, which is normal since Symbian is dying.

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  • 2011-04-15 13:46
  • wHrS

keep dreaming - Apple will always lead with the others trailling behind desperate to keep up...Android is way too buggy and unreliable esp with Apps...

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  • 2011-04-12 04:35
  • RJdm

Like others have said, unless there is another company starting a new OS that will be made available to *all* brands it's virtually impossible to catch up on Android's growth. Of all OS's, at this point, this is also the most accessible OS, both for users and developers, and currently offers just as much (and more) as the iOS/Symbian or WP7 in terms of apps and functionality.

Long story short, unless there will be dramatic failure on Android's end (a buggy update, for example, or a global security leak) there is little to stop its advance. Update 2.3 will only make Android bigger, and the Honeycomb will make it available to the new market of Pads.

Apple will keep providing a select group of high-end users and some midrange consumers who actually suffer from a monthly cost they won't proceed with after having had their first 2 year Iphone contract. If Apple expands the market with low/midrange versions the unique approach they have, will be lost, and they will become identical to any other electronics brand out there, with many different models, which will instead marginalize them rather than provide growth.

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  • 2011-04-11 16:39
  • nidV

Gartner is wrong, we all agree.

I think for starters it's wrong to compare OS, as android is skinned and modified so it doesn't work the same. A better comparison would be each iteration of OS and custom skin. I know that androids run on so many different brews for so many different models that you can't compare apples one OS and one Phone to the market share of a whole range of phones. you can't compare the sales of a single model against that many phones.

Android only holds market share by being able to run on crappy phones and very badly, blackberry shouldn't be considered a smart phone anyway as it can barely run small res screens.

It would be better to devise a way of comparative CPU power and graphics, memory etc with sales as not all phones are equal, and with tablets, apps and accessories the lines are further blurred.

At the end of the day just cos people are buying them doesn't make them good.

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  • 2011-04-11 16:36
  • LhUx

Quoting an obviously US-centric perspective inevitably produces a badly skewed result - so is only of use to an Americam audience. However it shows uncommonly strong faith in the world-leader Nokia since they have an enormous challenge trying to drag WM up from its long-term bottom place - to anywhere at all, let alone second place - wow,that would be an achievement! Go Nokia!

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  • 2011-04-11 15:34
  • QLyS

Guys, Android is free, so many phone manufacturers will go that way. If Google plays it's cards the right way, they could rule the phone market, but it comes to the manufacturers to build proper android devices.
Apple will have the best unit as log as they keep building just one. If they were to develop more models like other manufacturers do, they will have the same problems. It's like having a team working on one phone or having the same team on 20 phones... get it? RIM will always have their share of business market, mostly due to their data encryption system (it rocks!).
They all have great OSes with advantages and disadvantages... so chose you best fit!

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  • 2011-04-11 10:37
  • mAUs

At the end of the day, nothing to worry about. Competition increases good products at better prices, and the best products win the day.

Us customers just have to sit back, and just enjoy the great stuff that will come our way.

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  • 2011-04-11 07:31
  • mTWB

i dont tink android is a pure smartphone os.ofcorse it has some extraordinary features.

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  • 2011-04-11 03:39
  • Pxxd

men are always used to take newer tings.thats why android market is increasing very fast.i don't agree with,syimbian or a new os maybe unix based os wil be the next one.

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  • 2011-04-11 03:32
  • Pxxd

I think gartners numbers for MS include WinMo, so their predictions are off. Im guessing android is more likely to reach 55 to 60% marketshare, at cost mainly to MS, as well as a couple percent from RIM given androids recent enterprise improvements.

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  • 2011-04-10 23:16
  • 0A$4

one thing i m wondering is that which manufacturer will produce the Symbian os phone... i wish RIM backup n go home they have no future specially cause they are no where near the others even Symbian is better then RIM os when it comes to browsers.

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  • 2011-04-10 22:22
  • 04Zt

Google is the biggest curse of android

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  • 2011-04-10 20:58
  • utaB

Key to winning market share is ubiquity and strong mindshare persuasion.And by that I don't mean "Windows?That thing that runs on most PCs/laptops?" kind of mentality.That was the singular ultimate mistake in Windows Mobile's past.Banking on the "Windows" **quoting fingers** brand in year 2011 where you have to fluidly balance both consumer and enterprise strats down to a tee is NOT a good idea at all.Apparently there's this Fortune magazine writer who believes that the latest Microsoft-Nokia coup can spell big wonders to usurp RIM's BB dominance on the enterprise front.I laughed.Essentially as arguable as the rest of us would like to look at what's going on with Nokia right now, that's like telling a longtime global cellphone market leader "Hey now that you have new OS deal why don't you just stop doing what you've done so well and bring us better BBs?".It's mind boggling even if this sounds a bit exaggerated.

Let's begin by roughly analysing WP7's base hardware reqs vs. device/phone manufacturers uptake vs. possible factors.How many of you here (regardless if you're either an Android, iOS or Symbian user(s)) think that it's weird discounting Nokia out of loop, that the top 3 Asian /global; HTC, Samsung and LG minimized their WP7 exposure to just some select models? I know I feel the same way.

It's the usual questions such as "Why am I not seeing lower-upper midrange priced WP7 phones?" or "Hey the specs aren't bad but how come MS + >name the manufacturer here< are having troubles at rolling updates out on just a few models?" AND the probably most for outside of NA market; "My carrier's not putting other than company X's WP7 phone on contract?Where are the others?".Good luck telling CIOs/CTOs and crackberry execs to move their comm systems.Will it be "free"? ;p

Compounded by that if even minor hiccup of WP7's updates' rollout especially, that has already dented the much valuable mindshare whether it's justified or not.

Microsoft can't just sit by thinking "OK now that we have Nokia as our "OFFICIAL" WP7 phone brand we can tell HTC, Samsung and LG to suck it because Nokia can stress test the updates 1st and they're top priority now.If those 3 can't keep up we don't have to care because we have the big dog in OUR yard now." That's what happened to Danger and Kin projects and voila the results were?

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  • 2011-04-10 13:42
  • tVXp

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