Android to control half of smartphone market

A bevy of Android devices will ultimately mean that Google’s mobile operating system will control largely half of smartphone market, according to Piper Jaffray, with Apple’s iOS accounting for 20 percent to 30 percent in long run.

A bevy of Android devices will ultimately mean that Google’s mobile operating system (OS) will control largely half of the smartphone market, according to a Piper Jaffray report. Apple’s iOS will probably top out with market share of 20 percent to 30 percent in the long run.

The big picture? Android and Apple will squeeze rivals such as Nokia and Research in Motion(RIM), according to the Piper Jaffray report. These also-rans will duke it out for the 20 percent share left on the table.

Android will grab half of the smartphone market ultimately just because of its product cycle and multiple partners. The HTC, Motorola and Samsung Android device barrage is impressive. In the end, RIM and Nokia will cave and adopt Android as an OS and give it a massive market share boost.

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