android_stocksGartner’s about page says that “Gartner, Inc. is the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company. We deliver the technology-related insights necessary for our clients to make the right decisions, every day.” Based on recent projections by Gartner VP and Distinguished Analyst Ken Dulaney the right decision for mobile platforms in the future is Android. His report projects Android with a 14.5% market share by 2012. That would see Android overtaking iPhone and second only to Symbian.

His full projected breakdown:

  • Symbian – 39% (203 million devices shipped)
  • Android – 14.5% (76 million devices shipped)
  • iPhone – 13.7% (71.5 million devices shipped)
  • Windows Mobile – 12.8% (66.8 million devices shipped)
  • BlackBerry OS – 12.5% (65.25 million devices shipped)
  • Various Linux devices – 5.4% (28 million devices shipped)
  • Palm webOS – 2.1% (11 million devices shipped)

Of course guessing future projections on anything is a less than scientific process. When you consider how relatively young and volatile the mobile OS market for smart phones is it makes any hypothesis about the future all the more questionable. But it’s clear that expectations are high for Android!

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