Morgan Stanley bullish on smartphones, sees Android doubling its marketshare by year end1
Of the smartphone operating systems available, Android has the most momentum amongst them. According to Morgan Stanley analyst Ehud Gelblum, Android will have 24% of the entire pie, more than double the 10% that Google's open source OS earned by the end of last year. With the difficulty in analyzing a new operating system and the required hardware, Gelblum has gone out on a limb with his call that Windows Phone 7 will control 7% of the market by year's end.
The analyst expects a minor decline in the iPhone's share to 15.3% at the end of the year versus 16% at the end of 2009. The biggest decline, according to Morgan Stanley, will come from Nokia. The Finnish firm's share of the smartphone market is expected to drop to 32.8% from 38% a year ago. Also in the loser's column is Research in Motion. The Canadian based manufacturer of BlackBerry devices should see its share fall to 15.7% at year's end, against a reading of 18.5% as 2009 ended.