Analysts: Android to Double Market Share by 2016

According to a pair of newly released analyses by Ovum & the International Data Corporation (IDC), the Android operating system will be the driving force behind a monstrous growth that will not only double the smartphone market by 2016 but will also see Android doubling Apple’s sales during that same time. Ovum attributes the predicted success of Android to “hardware vendors supporting it at both the high and low ends of the market.” This doesn’t come as a surprise to us Android enthusiasts that have seen nearly every phone manufacturer jump on the Android train. IDC’s assumption of Android market growth is based on the growing demand for smartphones over feature phones. They believe that “the smartphone market will grow more than four times faster than the overall mobile phone market.”

Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, March 29, 2011

What will this mean for the consumer? More functionality and lower prices because of increased competition? How do you think the increase in Android market share will affect you? Give us your thoughts in the comments below.