Google Inc. successfully dominated the internet search arena and now the Google Android mobile phone operating system is set to become the world’s second most popular operating system, according to Gartner Inc.
The report also noted that Google Android OS will surpass rival offerings from Microsoft Corp, Research in Motion, and Apple Inc. operating system. However, the report also said that Google Android OS will be sitting in the number two spot behind Symbian, the operating system that powers devices made by Nokia, the leading mobile phone maker, in the in terms of widely used mobile operating systems.
The research firm estimated that by the year 2014, the market share for Nokia’s Symbian and Google’s Android will be 30.2% and 29.6%, respectively.
“The worldwide mobile OS market is dominated by four players: Symbian, Android, Research In Motion (RIMM) and iOS,” said Roberta Cozza, principal research analyst at Gartner, in a statement. ”Launches of updated operating systems — such as Apple (AAPL) iOS 4, BlackBerry OS 6, Symbian 3 and Symbian 4, and Windows Phone 7 — will help maintain strong growth in smartphones in 2H10 and 2011 and spur innovation.”
The report also highlights that the Android will be poised to “challenge” Symbian for leading OS position. Google Android, open-source platforms, that powers Motorola Inc., Samsung Corp., and HTC Electronics devices will control the majority or at least 60% of the smartphone market.
“Single-source platforms, such as Apple’s iOS and Research In Motion’s OS, will increase in unit terms, but their growth rate will be below market average and not enough to sustain share increase,” Gartner said in the study. “Windows Phone will be relegated to sixth place behind MeeGo in Gartner’s worldwide OS ranking by 2014.”