Gartner has released a report today that says Android is well on track to becoming the number two (#2) mobile operating system in the world by year end. Expected to end up with around 17.7 percent market share, Android will trail only Symbian in terms of reach. It should be pointed out that this beats their own expectation by two years. Further, they predict that by 2014, Android will be battling it out for the top spot overall. Where’s RIM and iOS in all of this? Selling awesome to be sure, but not enough for an increase in market share. Gartner also expects that Android will become the top player in the United States by the end of this year.
…Manufacturers such as Samsung to launch many new budget Android devices in 2H10 that will drive Android into mass market segments. Other players, such as Sony Ericsson, LG and Motorola, will follow a similar strategy. This trend should help Android become the top OS in North America by the end of 2010.
Gartner attributes the growth for Android and Symbian to be a direct result of their open nature.
Do any of you experts out there think Gartner is off in their predictions? Will Android take number one by 2014 or will someone unseat us for #2 by then?