Research claims emerging markets will drive unit shipments to 1.7 billion

Android to dominate smart phone market by 2014

Google’s Android mobile operating system will overtake Symbian to be the leading mobile platform by 2014, a report by Analysys Mason has predicted.

According to Total Telecom, in the same timeframe global shipments of smart phone shipments will have increased to 1.7 billion units, accounting for 26 per cent of the total handset market, driven by sales in emerging markets.

“Smartphone markets in the developed world will continue to be fiercely competitive, but key handset manufacturers such as Nokia and Samsung are lining up to tap a new opportunity in emerging markets,” said principal analyst at Analysys Mason’s mobile content and applications unit, Jim Morrish.

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