Android device shipments are poised to pass the 1 billion unit mark in 2013, according to projections by IHS.
IHS said that global unit shipments of Android phones will be 451 million in 2013, up from 357 million in 2012. Cumulative shipments by the end of 2013 will be 1.1 billion since the first Android device shipped in 2008.
For comparison, Apple's cumulative iPhone shipments will be 527 million in 2013 and hit the 1 billion mark in 2015.
Android's growth is largely attributed to its partner network, which consists of Samsung, HTC, Motorola, LG, ZTE and Huawei. In 2016, cumulative Android device shipments will near the 3 billion mark, said IHS.
Overall, IHS outlined the obvious: Android and Apple's iOS dominate the smartphone landscape with 76 percent of the market in 2012.