Android Set To Surpass BlackBerry In Smartphone Market

A report suggests that Google's Android mobile operating system will surpass rivals to become number two in the global smartphone market.

In a forecast, market research firm Gartner has predicted that Google's Android operating system will become world's second largest mobile operating system by the end of 2010.

According to tech news site eWeek, Android will become second only to Nokia's Symbian OS.

The report also predicts that, by 2014, Android will be ready to challenge Symbian for the top spot.

"It's a matter of Android going more into hands of the mainstream user. All that growth you see in Android will come from the fact that most of the vendors who are backing it will release cheaper smartphones," said Roberta Cozza, chief research analyst at Gartner.

Mobile makers, including Sony Ericsson, Samsung, LG, and Motorola, are working to offer affordable Android smartphones to the public early next year.

Gartner expects Android's share to reach 17.7 per cent to overtake Research In Motion's BlackBerry operating system.