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One billion Android phone shipments

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Devices / Android / September 13th 2012 at 10:29AM

It's iPhone in the news, but Android is taking over the world.

Android appeared on the market in 2008, but next year, IHS forecasts that shipments of phones using the Google OS will total more than one billion.

In 2013, worldwide annual shipments of Android smartphones will rise to 451 million, up from 357 million this year. These rapidly increasing figures mean that combined shipments since 2008 will total 1.1 billion by the end of 2013.

The same report forecasts that Apple's iOS will have shipped 527 million units by the same point, not reaching one billion until 2015.

Daniel Gleeson, mobile analyst for IHS, said: "Such an open-source model means that Google offers handset makers the ability to customise Android easily, and by also eliminating licensing fees, is greatly encouraging adoption among smartphone handset manufacturers."