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Android could knock Apple off its perch by 2012

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(Read caption) Android phones, such as the Motorola Droid shown at left, could eventually dominate the smartphone market. Are we entering the Android Age?

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In two years time, Android phones will have gobbled up a bigger share of the worldwide smartphone market than even the mighty – and much-lovedApple iPhone. That's the report this afternoon from the analytics firm iSuppli, which predicts that Google's Android operating system will be on 75 million smartphones around the world by 2012. By comparison, Apple's iOS will be used on a still-sizable 62 million iPhone handsets.

It's worth keeping in mind that in some ways, we're talking about apples and oranges – the Android OS has been adopted by plenty of smartphone manufacturers, from Motorola to HTC, while iOS is thus far unique to the Apple iPhone and Apple iPad. Still, Android and iOS rat race has attracted plenty of attention in recent weeks, mostly because Apple and Google are increasingly seen as rivals on the mobile market.


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