Over the past few years, Android has come to dominate the market shares of smartphone and tablet operating systems. Now, the operating system can be seen making inroads into new industries and device types.

As of August, Android controlled more than 79% of the smartphone market and more than 62% of the tablet market, according to research by International Data Corp.

Meanwhile, a new study by VDC Research projected that Android device sales will eclipse 900 million a year by 2015, spurred by market-share increases not only in smartphones and tablets, but also through integration into medical devices, connected car systems and military communications devices, among other applications.

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“Android has really emerged quite rapidly, as the fastest-growing operating systems of all the verticals we track,” said Christopher Rommel, vice president of machine-to-machine (M2M) and embedded technology at VDC Research.

VDC conducted a survey of 500 engineers and developers working on Android projects. The survey asked about current and future projects, the growing role of the application developer community, and which vendors are expanding into M2M and embedded systems. VDC’s research also incorporated project information from vendors, including companies like Intel, Microsoft, Samsung, Siemens, Sony and Wind River.

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Rob Marvin has been covering the software development and technology industry as Online & Social Media Editor at SD Times since July 2013. He is a 2013 graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University with dual degrees in Magazine Journalism and Psychology. Rob enjoys writing about anything and everything, from features, entertainment, news and culture to his current work covering the software development industry.