If a prediction made in a recent report by research firm Strategy Analytics is to be believed, Google Android operating system based phones are expected to grow by a staggering 900 percent this year.
The report which in contrast predicts just a moderate growth rate of 79 percent for Apple iPhone seems to lay stress on several factors such as the open source structure of Android and potential larger user base as reason for predicting such strong growth figures for it.
Explaining the rationale behind the prediction, Neil Mawston from Strategy Analytics said in a statement "A relatively low-cost licensing model, its semi-open-source structure and Google's support for cloud services have encouraged companies such as HTC, Motorola, Samsung, T Mobile, Vodafone and others to support the Android operating system and it is now in a good position to become a top-tier player in smartphones over the next two to three years."
Though some experts believe that the stellar projected growth rates for Android may be difficult to achieve, given the expected 20 percent growth rate in the smartphone market, others point out that the current low user base of Android may work out in its favor in achieving the said growth rate.
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Google Android currently has a tiny fraction of the mobile phone market and it is not far fetched to estimate that the volumes of Android-based phones to be sold by the end of the year are going to be far, far bigger than for the whole 2008. There will be substantially more handset by the end of the year running Android, which in itself means that the 900 percent growth could actually be very conservative.
(The Information Week)