There’s no denying that the mobile landscape is changing fast, and Android plays a pretty significant role in this evolution. Now according to Gartner, the Android operating system may soon own nearly 50 percent of the smartphone market.

You hear their name time and time again, but Gartner is considered by many to be the leading technology analyst firm in the world. So, we did the math. Currently, Android is being activated on over 350,000 devices daily – a shocking number we know. Still, according to Gartner, more than 296 million smartphones shipped last year. Out of that, here is the breakdown for 2010:

  1. Symbian with 37.6 percent market share
  2. Android’s 22.7 percent share
  3. iPhone at 19.4 percent
  4. BlackBerry OS 16 percent

For 2012, it’s looking like a completely different story. Gartner estimates that more than 630 million smartphones will ship worldwide in 2012, and analysts believe Android will take control of roughly 49 percent of the market, easily dominating the iPhone. Strangely though, Gartner has publicly stated that they believe that Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform will climb to the second spot in the smartphone space with 19.5 percent market share.

It looks like the party is about to begin! What are your thoughts? Tell us in the comments.