Gartner expects that Symbian and Android together will account for 59.8 percent of the total worldwide mobile OS market by 2014. They expect the 2 to be split almost equally – Symbian with 30.2 percent, and Android with 29.6 percent.
Gartner also makes predictions for RIM’s BlackBerry and Apple’s iOS market share come 2014, which are expected to take the 3rd and 4th place spots in the mobile market. When Symbian and Android will be soaring, Gartner expects BlackBerry OS to have just 11.7 percent of the mobile market and iOS to own 14.9 percent compared to Symbian and Android at over 59 percent.
Symbian might still lead the mobile market in 2014 due to “Nokia’s volume and the push into more mass-market price points.” Android’s success can be attributed to “communication service providers’ marketing and vendor support,” Gartner said. Only time will tell if Android will truly dominate the mobile market, but if numbers continue as they are now, we will definitely see Android pass up many mobile operating systems in the coming years.