A new study estimates that 798 million Google Android-powered smart phones will be in use by the end of the year.
By the end of the 2013, 1.4 billion smart phones will be in use around the globe, according to a new study from research firm ABI.
Of that 1.4 billion, 21 percent (or 294 million phones) will be running iOS, the Apple operating system that powers the iPad and iPhone. And a whopping 57 percent (or just shy of 800 million) will be running Google's Android OS.
A note: ADI hasn't further broken down those numbers into individual ownership statistics, so 800 million Android smart phones doesn't necessarily mean 800 million different Android users. After all, plenty of users probably own a couple of Android phones – one for work and one for business, for instance.
Still, the report is clear proof of Android's growing global supremacy.
In a separate study released late last month, Strategy Analytics reported that 152.1 million Android smart phones were shipped in the fourth quarter of 2012, nearly double the amount that were shipped in Q4 of 2011.