ABI Research estimates Google's Android operating system will capture 45 percent of the smartphone market over the within the next five years.
About 69 million Andorid-based smartphones shipped last year, according to ABI (New York). The firm estimates that overall about 302 million smartphones shipped in 2010, up 71 percent over 2009. ABI projects that the smartphone market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 19 percent through 2016.
"Android, Bada and BlackBerry have a great opportunity to fill the vacuum being left by the disappearance of the Symbian OS within the next two years," said Michael Morgan, a senior analyst at ABI, in a statement.