Gartner, a market research firm, has forecasted that Android will grab nearly 50% of smartphone market. Google’s Android Base phones have reportedly increased the market share of the smartphones in 2011. Samsung and HTC have clocked higher sales with Android platform that improved their compatibility and dominate the smartphone market.
According to Gartner, there were over 296 million smartphones shipped last year out of which Android secured a 22.7% share. The smartphone shipments worldwide is expected to reach 468 million units, which will help Android to grab 38.5% market share by the end of the year, followed by Apple’s iOS at 19.4%, and Symbian at 19.2% . In 2012, more than 630 million smartphones will be shipped and Android will secure 49.2% share of the market, displacing iOS, with 18.9% share. BlackBerry OS will own 12.6% share of the smartphone market, nabbing the third place. Pushing the forecast further to 2015, a whopping 1.1 billion smartphones will be shipped out of which Android will snare 48.8% market share followed by Microsoft’s Windows Phone with 19.5% and iOS at 17.2%.
Gartner expects that Android will cut the prices of smartphones considerably that by 2015, 67% of all open OS devices will have an average selling price of $300 or below
Gartner also predicted that Android’s tablet is projected to grab 38.6% of the market by 2015 with a projected 113.5 million units sold.