Strategy Analytics: Android Grows 900% in 2009

May 12th, 2009 by Arjan Olsder Posted in Research & Stats | No Comments »

Strategy-analytics Strategy Analytics reported that they expect Android shipments to be increased by a massive 900% over the year. Not that hard since the OS is only available at a handful of handsets at the moment.

The main drive behind this rapid growth is the support from operators, vendors and (mobile game) developers. Strategy Analytics expects the platform to even outgrow the iPhone as iPhone coverage will increase with ‘just’ 79%.

Tom Kang, Senior Analyst at Strategy Analytics, said, “We forecast global Android smartphone shipments to grow an impressive 900 percent annually during 2009. The Android mobile operating system from Google gained early traction in the United States in the second half of 2008 and it is gradually spreading its presence into Europe and Asia during 2009. Android is expanding from a low base and it is consequently outgrowing the iPhone OS from Apple, which we estimate will grow at a relatively lower 79 percent annually in 2009.”

Neil Mawston, Director at Strategy Analytics, added, “Android has fast been winning healthy support among operators, vendors and developers. A relatively low-cost licensing model, its semi-open-source structure and Google’s support for cloud services have encouraged companies such as HTC, Motorola, Samsung, T Mobile, Vodafone and others to support the Android operating system. Android is now in a good position to become a top-tier player in smartphones over the next two to three years.”

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