HTC to overtake RIM in smartphone sales

Desire, Wildfire and Sensation sales push HTC ahead of rival

HTC is set to overtake BlackBerry creator RIM in the smartphone market next year, according to a new report.

Thanks to huge sales of the Desire, Wildfire and Sensation, HTC will surpass its rival in the next 12 months. Market Intelligence Center, the publishers of the report, credit HTC’s use of the Android operating system as one of the key reasons for the firm’s rise up the ranks.

The report believes by 2012, Android will have a 40 per cent market share, making it the world’s number one operating system.

RIM meanwhile is coming under increasing pressure from stockholders, and a former employee, calling for a radical change of tact to keep it from sliding further behind its rivals at Apple and Google. An executive has also written an open letter calling for changes.

We've contacted RIM for comment, and will update you when we know more.