Android To Become Dominating Platform In Europe In 2011

Android will very likely surpass Nokia's Symbian next year in the smartphone market to become the dominating mobile platform according to research firm, IDC.

In an interview with Bloomberg, IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo said that he expects Android's smartphone marketshare to exceed that of the iPhone and of Nokia in 2011.

Google's mobile platform is already second to Symbian globally and HTC is leading the charge with its popular smartphones making 39 per cent of Android shipments followed, rather surprisingly, by Sony Ericsson at 29 per cent and Samsung Electronics with 14 per cent.

The remaining 18 per cent were shared between the likes of ZTE, LG, Motorola and other brands. IDC data compiled for nine months show that sales of Android handsets in 2010 have already surpassed FY 2009 figures of last year by four fold.

Windows Mobile and Symbian sales have both slumped significantly while iPhone and Blackberry have posted modest increases.

IDC expects smartphones to make up nearly half of handset sales in Europe next year, up from 35 per cent this year.

This can be attributed to cheaper handsets and a widespread adoption of mobile web applications like Facebook or Twitter.