The prospect of an increased number of British consumers selling mobiles in order to invest in smartphones appears to be a realistic one.
New research by Ovum has discovered the smartphone market is due to double by 2016, largely as a result of the rise of Android.
It suggested the operating system will take a 38 per cent market share over the next five years, compared with Apple's 17.5 per cent.
Overall, some 653 million smartphones will be shipped around the world by 2016, with an annual growth in the sector of 14.5 per cent, predicted the organisation.
Adam Lynch, principal analyst at Ovum, said: "The success of the Android platform is being driven by the sheer number of hardware vendors supporting it at both the high and low ends of the market."
In other mobile news, Nokia this week announced its users will now be able to benefit from the thomsonlocal.com app.
Posted by Simon Thomas