15% Growth for Android

IDC Analyst Predicts Android to Become 2nd Biggest OS in 2011

Jessica Thornsby

It’s been a good year for the smartphone industry, and Android in particular.

It’s been a good year for the smartphone industry! The Western
European mobile phone market grew to 43.3 million units in the
second quarter of 2010, and smartphone shipments increased by 60%
on last year’s second quarter. So what’s behind this growth?
According to IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo, it’s largely
down to the 15% market share achieved by Android in this quarter.
He sees this 15% growth as evidence that Android “is ramping up to
become the second biggest operating system as soon as early 2011.”
Jeronimo claims smartphone customers are recognising they can get a
similar experience from Android, as from the iPhone, for a lower
price tag. The popularity of HTC, Sony Ericsson, and Samsung have
also helped raise awareness of Android.

The IDC report cites a 450% year on year increase of Android OS
shipments, and a 11% increase in market share between the second
quarter of 2009 and the second quarter of 2010. This makes Android
the fourth biggest operating system amongst smartphones.

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