Android Closing On Symbian In The Smartphone Race

Android will overtake Symbian as the most used smartphone operating system next year, IDC has predicted.

According to TechRadar, IDC Mobile Tracker has suggested that Google’s Android OS will see an increase of 7.3 per cent in Q3 of 2010.

Francisco Jeronimo, IDC European mobile devices research manager claimed that Android’s success was down to its ease of use and competitive pricing.

He said: "The operating system is very popular among consumers due to its intuitive user interface, increasing number of free applications, and very competitive prices compared with other devices on the market."

The news comes at a time when the future of Symbian is in doubt.

Nokia, the owner of the OS, has announced that 560 people working in the Symbian department will lose their jobs as part of a major cull at the company as the mobile OS struggles to match the success of both Apple’s iOS and Android in the smartphone market.