Smartphones are set to double their market share by 2013 to take 20% of the global market, according to research by In-Stat.
One in three mobile users plan to replace their current model with a smartphone, an In-Stat survey found.
Smartphones with a Linux-based OS will experience the strongest growth, the group said, followed by Symbian.
Linux will end up overtaking Windows Mobile, RIM, and iPhone OSX for market share, In-Stat said.
“Strong demand is being driven by device manufacturers leveraging open OS devices to re-invent the mobile phone experience,” said Frank Dickson, vice president of In-Stat’s mobile internet group.
He said that prospective buyers are attracted to upgrade to a smartphone by new mobile applications - despite the fact that most users only end up downloading five applications.
Security threats are the biggest put-off for potential buyers, with many consumers believing that smartphone security is inadequate.