A recent Gartner report, made available on Computerworld, predicts a 12% market share growth for Android mobiles by 2012.
The impressive growth of the Google O.S. would position Android in second place in the top 7 operating systems globally. Although it is predicted to surpass iPhone in usage, the Android win is Symbian’s loss, which is predicted to fall to 39% in 2012.
The Android jump can be explained by a series of factors, but the most important ones would be the number of phones that will have Android as their O.S. (40 models and 76 million units expected to be sold) and the Android Market, their own App store.
While I’m really curious to see how close to reality these predictions will be, I would also keep a close eye on Microsoft and their soon-to-come Mobile Operating Systems. I find it hard to believe they will give up so easily, especially with the new Windows Mobile 7 [to be released at the end of 2010] and their new Windows Mobile App Store.
In any case the future looks bright for Nimbuzz, which will support more than 90% of the smartphones in the world by 2012.
So what do you think – Who will win the smartphone competition? And most importantly…why?