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Android to catch Symbian for global market share lead, says Gartner

Gartner is projecting that Android will catch Symbian as the top global mobile operating system by 2014.
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Written by Larry Dignan, Contributing Editor on

Gartner is projecting that Android will catch Symbian as the top global mobile operating system by 2014.

The predictions come as Nokia just named former Microsoft exec Stephen Elop as CEO. Part of Elop's job will be to make sure Nokia's Symbian OS doesn't lose its market share lead over the next four years.

By 2014, Gartner argues that Symbian's market share will be 30.2 percent in 2014 with Android at 29.6 percent. That's roughly a statistical tie. Gartner also has Research in Motion losing operating system market share with 11.7 percent share in 2014. Apple's iOS will be No. 3 with 14.9 percent market share, roughly flat with 2009 levels. Apple's iOS will have a peak market share of 17.1 percent in 2011.

Related: Android to control half of smartphone market, say analysts

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