According to a new report released by Gartner Research, Android will move into the number one spot as the most popular smartphone operating system worldwide by 2012. This means that Google’s Android platform will be running on 49% of smartphones. Not only that, but worldwide smartphone sales will reach 468 million units in 2011, a 57.7% increase from 2010.
Apple’s iOS is predicted to remain the second largest smartphone OS worldwide through 2014. The analysts at Gartner believe that iOS share will peak in 2011 and then decrease slightly after 2011. According to this report, Apple will be interested in maintaining margin more than gaining market share by changing its pricing strategy.
As expected, RIM’s market share will decline as its competitors continue to gain market share. Gartner believes that the QNX operating system, that RIM will be migrating to in 2010 will allow it be stay competitive.
Thanks to Nokia’s decision to use Windows Phone OS, Microsoft will become the third largest OS manufacturer by 2013.