Android devices set to dominate the market with 48 per cent share.
The smartphone market will continue to boom in the next five years to hit 1.7 billion shipments in 2017, according to researcher Ovum, citing a CAGR of 24.9 per cent from 2011 onwards.
Meanwhile, the overall mobile phone market – including feature phones – will rise at a CAGR of 6.3 per cent between 2011 and 2017, which will be driven by emerging markets.
However, developed markets such as North America and Western Europe will almost entirely purchase smartphones only, though feature phones will continue to play a fixture in emerging areas.
Adam Leach, principal analyst at Ovum, said: "Android will dominate the smartphone market over the next five years.
"While Apple has defined the smartphone market since it introduced the iPhone in 2007, we’re now seeing a sharp rise in the shipment volumes of Android, signaling its appeal to leading handset manufacturers."
The rise in the Google OS' popularity has already been demonstrated as Android-powered phone shipments rose from 17 per cent in 2010 to 44 per cent in 2011, and it's expected to hit 48 per cent in 2017, a CAGR of 26.8 per cent.
iOS will be the second placed OS, accounting for 27 per cent of the smartphone market, rising from 23 per cent in 2011.
There's good news for Microsoft – supported by Nokia – too, which is expected to become an established platform in 2017 with 13 per cent, despite currently holding just two per cent of the market.
Unfortunately for RIM, its BB OS is set to secure just ten per cent of the market in 2017.
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