IMS forecasts rapid increase in number of Android devices

Market intelligence firm IMS Research has forecasted that there will be an installed base of 140 million Android portable devices, including smartphones and tablets, by the end of 2011.

The report states that the recent unveiling of Google’s Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) operating system for tablets, along with enhancements to the Android Market website, will do much to enhance growth prospects for this segment.

According to IMS Research, this provides a valuable opportunity for pay-TV operators, which have traditionally been tethered to the living room, to expand the reach of their brands to multiple portable platforms with apps development.

In total, Apple OS and Android OS were present in nearly 125 million connected devices shipped in 2010 and this is expected to increase in 2011.