According to the latest forecast conducted by ABI research, by 2016, Android will take charge a 45% market share in the smartphone market. This is an enormous upsurge of 71% growth over levels that the OS held back in 2009. ABI Research also said that Android accounted for 69 million of the 302 million smartphones shipped in 2010. It is indeed very commanding. Without a doubt, the Android platform has really taken this generation by storm.

Moreover, ABI Research said that by 2016, iOS will have 19% share of the smartphone market. On the other hand, ABI Research expects that RIM will drop their share in the market while Android and iOS will continue to grow until 2016. Most likely, RIM will lose 2% of their share by the time 2016 comes around. From 16% last 2010, it is likely that it will shrink further to 14% this coming 2016.

Also, ABI Research said that BADA – Samsung’s own mobile operating system – is doing great on the smartphone market. Based on the research of analyst Michael Morgan, BADA shipped 4 million smartphones which amounts to 1.5% of the market share last 2010. He also said that BADA may reach 10% share of the market by 2016. While Windows Phone 7 shipped two million smartphones during the fourth quarter of 2010. He also said that Windows Phone 7 will have to seek implausible triumph through its Nokia channel to garner 7% share of the market by 2016.

Either way, it’s interesting stuff. Do you think Android will retain the top smartphone spot for the foreseeable future?