Android will lead smartphone market in 5 years, says Ovum

Apple trails far behind in the forecasts by Ovum

Android Army or Apply fanboy... 2016 will see the deciding votes cast?

An independent telecoms analyst has forecasted that the global smartphone market will grow twice in size by 2016, with Android leading the pack.

Ovum has released a report showing that Android will have more than a 20 percent market share lead over Apple's iOS.

According to Ovum's forecast, smartphones will represent 40 percent of the mobile phone market between 2010 and 2016, with Asia-Pacific will be the largest region, shipping over 200 million handsets by 2016. Western Europe will have 175 million and North America will have 165 million shipments each.

By 2016, Android will have a 38 percent share in the market, Apple's iOS will have 17.5 percent, Windows Phone 7 will be close at 17.2 percent and BlackBerry trails with 16.5 percent.

With the large number of manufacturers turning to Android, and with this forecast, you'll probably have an Android handset in the near future.

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Via: ElectricPig