Android, not Apple set to be dominant mobile OS: analysts

Platform poised to double smartphone market growth by 2016

Smartphones which run on the Android operating system (OS) are expected to overtake those on the Apple iOS by 2016, analyst firm Ovum has claimed.

In its latest forecast, it is predicting that the Asia Pacific smartphone market will double in size by 2016 to hit shipments of 200 million, with the Android platform growth to come from hardware vendors supporting the OS at the high end of the market.

Ovum principal analyst Adam Leach said in a statement that Android would come into the lead with 38 per cent market share, compared to Apple iOS’ mere 19 per cent in the Asia Pacific.

According to Leach, just behind Apple iOS will be Windows Phone 7, with 22 per cent market share expected by 2016, followed by BlackBerry's OS, with nine per cent.

IDC has backed up the claims, with the news that it also predicts Android to dominate worldwide markets in the coming years.

Telecommunication market analyst at IDC, Mark Novosel, said that Android is expected to overtake Symbian and become the number one smartphone operating system in Australia within the next few months, with a predicted market share of 40 per cent.

“Apple will account for close to 30 per cent and Windows Phone [7 is] expected to see strong growth in coming years, with market share in excess of 20 per cent by the end of 2015," said Novosel in a statement.

IDC also said it expected smartphone penetration to be in excess of 92 per cent by the end of 2015.

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