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Linux is poised to emerge as the dominant mobile platform, capturing well over 60 percent of the smartphone market over the next seven years, says Telecom Trends International. Operating systems embracing the Linux platform include Android, Symbian, WebOS, and LiMo, the report said.

Linux has the momentum, said Naqi Jaffery, the report author. With several operating systems converging on the Linux platform, it will muster the critical mass needed to succeed, he said.

Among Linux-based operating systems, Android will witness the most rapid growth, the report says. By 2016, Google will have captured over 25 percent of the smartphone market, putting it well ahead of competition, it said.

Despite a slow start, Mr. Jaffery said, Android is already making waves in the marketplace. It is generating a groundswell of support from manufacturers and developers that will give its growth the necessary boost, he said.

While the Linux will become the mainstream platform, the major non-Linux platforms - Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, and iPhone - will focus on particular niches, the report said. According to the report, each of these platforms comes with significant strengths, but they have reached their peak in terms of growth. It is unlikely that these platforms will be able to stem Linux's unrelenting push, the report added.

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