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Analyst firm Ovum thinks Android will be top dog for smart phones in 2016, way ahead of Apple's iOS, with Windows Phone overtaking BlackBerry behind that.
Wireless carriers are going to have find new sources of revenue beyond signing up people for cellular service, says Ovum.
According to research firm Ovum, the smartphone market will see a compound annual growth rate over the next several years of 25 percent.
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Tech analyst Ovum predicts Android will outstrip iPhone downloads this year, with total downloads reaching 18 billion. Has iPhone had its day?
Cell phone owners are turning to other services to chat with friends, according to Ovum. It also says carriers lost $8.7 billion in SMS revenue in 2010 because of social messaging.
Research firm Ovum says Google's Android is expected to see 8.1 billion application downloads this year, compared with 6 billion from Apple, as total downloads grow by 144 percent.
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Only about 20 percent of people are using a smartphone to make a purchase on Cyber Monday, and another 14 percent are using a tablet.
Within the next 12 months, Android could overtake Apple's iOS as the most important platform for developers, although most will still support both.