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Android to overtake iPhone, BlackBerry by 2013: IDC

The battle of the titans may intensify further and Android is set to emerge as the second most used mobile operating system in the world by 2013, according to a new IDC estimate. The prediction doesn’t immediately gauge the position of BlackBerry, iPhone or Windows Mobile but expects all three to be eclipsed, reports Electronista.

Analysts still expect Symbian to hold on to its lead but that Google’s OS will have grown 100 times larger since starting off in 2008, reaching 68 million phones three years from now. The upset would come about as a virtue of the Android ecosystem. As more phones hit the market with Android, the platform should become the default choice for those who aren’t making their own operating systems and will replace both Linux and Windows Mobile in these areas. Apple and RIM are the only manufacturers for their platforms and limit their exposure as a result.

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