SAN FRANCISCO—Use of Google Inc.'s Android operating system (OS) is set to surpass that of Apple Inc.'s iOS by 2012, according to a forecast release Thursday (Aug. 5) by market research firm iSuppli Corp.
Android will be used in 75 million smartphones by 2012, up from 5 million in 2009, according to the forecast. Meanwhile, iOS usage will amount to 62 million in 2012, up from 25 million in 2009, according to the forecast.
By 2012, Android will have a 19.4 percent share of the smartphone market, up from 2.7 percent in 2009, said iSuppli. Apple's iOS will be in 15.9 percent of smartphones in 2012, up from 13.8 percent in 2009, the firm said.
Android is an open source OS used by dozens of handsets from multiple vendors, as well devices such as tablet computers and e-readers. Apple's iOS, by contrast, is used only in Apple's iPhones, iPads and the iPod Touch.
"Android is taking the smartphone market by storm," said Tina Teng, senior analyst, wireless communications, for iSuppli, in a statement.
While the iPhone family remains the standard against which all other smartphones are measured, the proprietary nature of the iOS and Apple's closed system business model will limit the number of smart phones with the operating system, Teng said.