Android to grow more than twice the rate of major competitors in 2011

Android will continue to grow at more than twice the rate of its major smart phone competitors in 2011, according to Analysts Canalys.

Canalys Q3 2010 estimates, show the Android platform already claims a 25% share of the worldwide smart phone market, with over 20 million shipments of Android-based worldwide.

Canalys Estimates for Q3 2010

‘The growth of Android has been phenomenal, but so too has the number of related devices launched with different hardware and software specifications,’ said Canalys Principal Analyst Chris Jones. ‘This has led to the market perception of it as a fragmented platform, though we believe that growth will continue as the pace of Android OS upgrades slows.’

Canalys figures also show that Android shipments grew more than 1,000% through the first three quarters of 2010 over the same period in 2009.

Moving to Android has benefited established vendors, such as Samsung and HTC, but also enabled PC vendors, such as Acer, to enter the market with a broad product range spanning smart phones and pads.

‘Vendors are trying to differentiate further on the hardware front, with faster and more powerful processors, as well as larger screen sizes,’ said Canalys Senior Analyst Daryl Chiam. ‘Last week, LG announced the first smart phone to support a dual-core processor, while Acer and Samsung showcased smart phones with screen sizes of 4.8″ and 4.5″ respectively.’

Will Android achieve what Canalys predicts? What do you think?

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