In this smartphone dominated era, the main focus of sales and consulting teams of various companies are towards smartphone and tablet application development.  Among the operating systems used, Android always holds a prominent place as it gives a chance for the mobile users to enjoy a desktop like experience.

Android holds a 75% share in worldwide smartphone market during the third quarter of 2012, with around 750 million devices activated. Everyday about 1.5 million activations are being made.

According to a recent survey conducted by Gartner and IDC, it has been reported that Google’s Android operating system will continue to dominate the mobile operating systems shipments all across the globe. It will sustain its position as the most widely used Smartphone platform till 2016. It has replaced the position of Windows Phone in a latest forecast of the smartphone market made by the research firm IDC.

According to the reports, Android will attain 63.8% market share and a CAGR of 16.3% from 2012 to 2016. Take a look at the market share forecast table given below to know more:

“A significant and growing list of vendors who have made Android the cornerstone of their respective smartphone strategies is propelling the growth of Android,” IDC mentioned.

When it comes to Apple’s iOS, IDC expects the platform’s share to decline from 18.2 percent 16.9 percent. iOS will hold a number three position in the total market share.

The graph represented below shows Gartner’s analysis of 57.9% of all mobile devices running on Android operating system in 2012.


Gartner and IDC are pioneers in information technology research. They deliver the accurate technology-related insights for their clients for making the right decisions. Android’s instant success has made it a target for patent litigation humorously mentioned as smartphone wars by tech companies. Till May 2013, around 900 million android devices have been activated and 48 billion apps have been installed from the Google Play store.

Android is basically a Linux-based operating system which is specially designed for smartphones and tablets. It was initially developed by Android, Inc. and it was later on backed up financially by Google and it bought the operating system in 2005. It was unveiled in 2007 and the first android powered phone was made available in the market by 2008.

This study reports made by Gartner and IDC  is something very exciting for all android developers as they don’t have to fear about any other emerging technology replacing their operating system’s scope for few more years. It will attract more people towards becoming skilled in this operating system.

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