More than 127m phones and mobile devices will be equipped with the Linux operating system by 2012.
The estimate comes in a study by analyst ABI Research, which says there will only be 8.1m such devices this year.
"Linux in the cellular phone is not a question of ‘if', but ‘when'," says ABI Research analyst Stuart Carlaw.
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The mobile industry however still needs to understand the total cost of ownership for Linux programs, and it must create a common set of APIs to enable economies of scale for third-party developers, said ABI.
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