Top Gartner Analyst Predicts Android Will Be #2 In 2012

Should beat Apple, Microsoft, RIM offerings

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The good people of Gartner believe that, given a little bit of time, Android is going to become a big deal.  In fact, one high-ranking analyst recently predicted that it’ll be the second-biggest operating system on the mobile market by 2012.

Matt Hamblen talked to Ken Dulaney, who’s a vice president at Gartner, and wrote afterward, "While the Google-backed Android mobile operating system currently runs on less than 2% of all smartphones, Gartner Inc. predicts it will surge to 14% of the global smartphone market in 2012 . . ." 

Ken Dulaney

Granted, 14 percent doesn’t sound like a whole lot.  But according to Dulaney’s forecast, that’ll be enough to put Android ahead of the iPhone OS, the BlackBerry OS, and Windows Mobile.  Plus, even the market leader – Symbian – won’t have a huge share, with Dulaney calculating that it’ll control just 39 percent of the market in three years’ time.

Android’s been on something of a roll in the past couple of days.  First came an announcement about a partnership with Verizon.  Then the mobile operating system (and its bright future) became the subject of a session at SMX East.

Google’s no doubt hoping that all of this will lead to the Gartner prediction coming true, and may have its sights set even higher.

Top Gartner Analyst Predicts Android Will Be #2 In 2012
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