The Android OS is run on Samsung, China's Huawei, and an increasing number of medium- to low-price range mobile phones coming out in China.
Smartphones running on Google's Android operating system are expected to exceed 70% of the global market share in the second half of this year, according to a Taipei-based research firm.
As Android phones accounted for 60% of the global market in the first half, more shipments starting from the third quarter from South Korea's Samsung, China's Huawei and ZTE will definitely boost the figure, said Luke Lin, an analyst with Digitimes Research.
In addition, the increasing sales of mid- to low-priced smartphones in China could help boost the Android phones' global market share to over 70%, Lin said in a statement.
However, the annual growth of Android phone shipments will drop dramatically from 236.5% in 2011 to 89.8% in 2012 due to a high base period, he forecast, adding that some 224 million Android phones were shipped worldwide in 2011.
Lin also forecast that smartphones running on Microsoft's Windows operating system will exhibit good performance in 2012.
Over 21 million Windows phones are expected to be shipped in 2012, up 107.8% from a year ago, he predicted.
Worldwide shipments of Apple iPhones are expected to reach 125 million in 2012, up 35% from 93 million in 2011, according to the statement.
Research In Motion's BlackBerry smartphones and Nokia Oyj's Symbian will post negative annual growth of -41.4% and -65.8%, respectively, the statement predicted.