Security giants tips Android to win the smartphone market if Mircosoft, RIM and Apple do not pull up their socks.
PC security expert Eugene Kaspersky of, err, well Kaspersky, said that Google’s Android will come to dominate the market if Microsoft, RIM and Apple do not change their strategy.
“I believe that if Apple, BlackBerry, Microsoft … don’t change their strategy very soon we will soon have the same mobile operating system landscape as we have with computers,” he told journalists on the sidelines of the mobile phone industry’s annual get-together in Barcelona.
Kaspersky said that Google is the only company which follows Microsoft’s strategy of the 1990s which saw the operating system prevail among competition.
He dolled out a few numbers as well, saying that Android will eventually end up with 80% of the smartphone market, with Apple and RIM relegated to a niche audience, sharing a meager 10% of the market share each.
Kaspersky also said Microsoft was not repeating its success formula of Windows with its mobile platform, keeping a tight control over Windows Phone 7 than working closely with developers that ensured victory for Windows.
“They are going the Apple way… I don’t really believe they will have success,” he said. “Maybe Nokia will force them to be open.”