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Motorola Mobility (Nasdaq: MMI ) may be struggling to sell some of its Android gear, but according to a fresh report from Gartner, Google's (Nasdaq: GOOG ) robot will find its way onto half of the world's smartphones by the end of next year, Dow Jones reports.
The report comes at an interesting time. Not only is Google being criticized for clamping down on fragmentation in the Android OS, but also Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL ) is enjoying huge support for its iOS devices. The iPad, in particular, has become a PC substitute.
Smartphones resemble tablets in many ways, and the market for these advanced handsets is nearly as nascent. It's because of this that Nokia (NYSE: NOK ) executives felt they had the competitive space to create a line of Windows Phone 7 handsets.
And yet were Google to make good on Gartner's astounding prediction -- keeping with its strategy for de-fragmenting Android in the process -- the resulting dynamics could elevate The Big G to the title of kingmaker, anointing only those handset manufacturers who build according to Google's specs.
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