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Google's Android to be world No. 2 in 2010: report

(Reuters) - Google Inc's Android software will become the world's second most popular operating system for cell phones this year, leapfrogging rival offerings from Microsoft Corp, Research in Motion and Apple Inc, according to a new report.

By 2014 Android will account for nearly 30 percent of all cell phone operating system sales, according to research firm Gartner, putting it in position to challenge Nokia Corp's Symbian software, which has reigned as the top mobile operating system for years.

Symbian will have a 30.2 percent share of the global market in 2014, according to Gartner, compared to Android's 29.6 percent.

Gartner said it expects a variety of less-expensive Android devices shipping in the second half of 2010 to boost Android's growth, allowing Android to grab the No. 2 worldwide rank nearly two years sooner than the firm had initially expected. More...

09-10-2010 19:17