Saturday, July 31, 2010

iPhone 'faces rising challenge' from Android handsets

Apple's iPhone will likely dominate the high-end smartphone market in the next five years but faces strong competition from handsets using Google's Android platform, a research firm said.

By 2015, total mobile application downloads in the Asia-Pacific are forecast to reach 5.30 billion, of which 597.15 million, or about 11 per cent, will be for the iPhone, technology industry consultancy Ovum said.

Downloads of iPhone applications are estimated at 62.16 million in 2010, rising to 597 million downloads in 2015, Ovum said in an analysis released just days before the launch of the new-generation iPhone 4 in another 17 countries and cities worldwide on Friday.

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