Informa Telecoms & Media: Android smartphone sales will outstrip iPhone sales by 2012

“The iPhone’s lead over smartphone upstart Android may be short-lived, according to an industry watcher’s predictions,” Natasha Lomas reports for Silicon.com. “Android smartphone sales will outstrip iPhone sales by 2012, market researcher Informa Telecoms & Media has predicted in a new report.”

“Both Android and OS X are eating into the market share of the number one selling smartphone OS-maker, Symbian. Last year just under half of smartphones sold were based on Symbian – a drop of 16 percentage points on the year before when it had 65 percent market share,” Lomas reports. “However the analyst believes Symbian’s switch to open source will help the Symbian Foundation maintain its leadership over Android, Linux and Microsoft over the next few years.”

Lomas reports, “The research by Informa Telecoms & Media also suggests smartphone sales will continue to be immune to the global economic downturn, maintaining “robust growth” of 35.3 percent, year-on-year.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: An awful lot will have to go right for Android for Informa’s prediction to materialize. iCal’ed.

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