Market researchers have predicted that the dominance of Apple’s popular iPhone could soon be toppled by Google’s Android mobile platform within three years, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.
According to the reports, the global sales forecast published by Gartner predicts that in 2012, Android, Symbian (found on Nokia phones) and Blackberry will dominate the mobile market, pushing the iPhone into fourth position with an estimated 13.6 percent share of the market.
Gartner forecasts Android will lift its market share from 5.1 percent to 18 percent, moving ahead of Blackberry (13.9 percent), but sitting behind Symbian. Symbian is expected to lose some of its 48.1 percent stronghold, to sit at 37.4 percent of the market.
“The iPhone is all about user experience but Apple can only produce a small number of handsets and not everyone wants an iPhone handset. They will remain strong but they won’t take over world,” said Robin Simpson, a researcher at Gartner.
According to Simpson, growth in emerging markets will help to fuel the demand for Symbian and Android as handset makers there seek cheap, open platforms on which to develop products.
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