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Android smartphones continue their meteoric rise

It seems as though the Android smartphone operating system is starting to really come alive these days. Sales of the devices have really been shooting through the roof if these latest numbers from Google CEO Eric Schmidt are any indication.

According to Schmidt, Google partners are shipping Android smartphones at a rate of 65,000+ per day. "It looks like Android is going to be either the number one or number two player," added Schmidt to the AFP.

65,000 units shipped per day would put Google at about 5.85 million Android smartphones shipped (and steadily rising) per quarter. That compares to the 8.75 million iPhones that Apple sold last quarter.

According to NPD, the Android operating system is already the number two smartphone operating system in the United States putting it ahead of Apple's iPhone OS, but behind RIM's Blackberry OS. At the rate Android OS is expanding, it shouldn't be too long before it starts its worldwide domination.

"Our strategy is very different from everybody else's," Schmidt continued. "We license our code for free, so that's really pretty revolutionary. We're trying to build an entire ecosystem of openness, the inverse of the other guys."

The next few weeks should be quite amazing for Google. Sprint's flagship Android 2.1-based HTC EVO 4G smartphone will be shipping early next month and Android 2.2, also known as Froyo, is expected to debut this month.



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Open Ecossystems are flourishing.
By greylica on 5/14/2010 7:32:29 AM , Rating: 2
People are starting to get their hands at a revolutionary form of developing software - free and spontaneous colaboration. They are starting to see they have the power and freedom to buy anything and get them to work in a manner that suits their needs. It's wonderfull to see it happening.
I'm very happy to know that if I buy one of those, I am free to use it to suit my needs, either software or hardware.
For me, Google is in the right direction for the future.




RE: Open Ecossystems are flourishing.
By greylica on 5/14/2010 7:41:40 AM , Rating: 3
Forgot to say, Open is the wrong word.

Free as in Freedom !!!

:)


RE: Open Ecossystems are flourishing.
By Pirks on 5/14/10, Rating: -1
RE: Open Ecossystems are flourishing.
By Lord 666 on 5/14/2010 8:46:49 AM , Rating: 2
Always thought that you and reader1 were the same idiot.


RE: Open Ecossystems are flourishing.
By Pirks on 5/14/10, Rating: -1
RE: Open Ecossystems are flourishing.
By T2k on 5/17/2010 2:44:37 PM , Rating: 1
Look Ma': talking monkey!


RE: Open Ecossystems are flourishing.
By alanore on 5/14/2010 8:52:54 AM , Rating: 2
I think it really highlights the importance of The Ecosystem and the key is, as Steve Ballmer said Developers, Developers, Developers. Getting a good developers platform can increase the value of the product enormously, just think of the iPhone or andriod without apps, or even in the case of Palm, HP bought it for WebOS


By Anoxanmore on 5/14/2010 9:15:25 AM , Rating: 2
I'm still waiting for my Ocarina App for the Droid Incredible...

GO GO GO NAOW! :p


RE: Open Ecossystems are flourishing.
By reader1 on 5/14/10, Rating: -1
RE: Open Ecossystems are flourishing.
By Pirks on 5/14/2010 10:45:27 AM , Rating: 2
so what do you think about meteoric rise of open android? isn't it supposed to fail unlike closed systems? why did it grow above and beyond iphone although it's not closed?


By geekgod on 5/14/2010 1:25:02 PM , Rating: 2
One of the primary reasons of Android rise IMO is that it's free to use unlike other phone Operating systems. For example winmo for which you have to pay, or other party OS which don’t even support any other phone than their own.


RE: Open Ecossystems are flourishing.
By T2k on 5/14/2010 2:24:56 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
Microsoft has wisely chosen to follow Apple by making Windows Phone 7 a closed platform.


Saying it bout a future product under a newspiece that shows it's been PROVEN to be true for a FREE AND OPEN SYSTEM makes you sound even more ridiculously clueless than your usual retarded comments...


RE: Open Ecossystems are flourishing.
By johnnycanadian on 5/14/2010 9:29:28 AM , Rating: 4
I'm looking forward to a more refined Android SDK -- I'm really not impressed with the current effort, but given Google's phenomenal push into the market I can't imagine it will take long before it's at least as good as XCode/iPhone.

I have a few apps on the iPhone App Store and would love to continue supporting that platform but Apple's making it extremely difficult to do so. I'm already planning a move over to Android in late summer and although I'm just a tiny development shop (which Apple seemingly doesn't care about any longer), I know I'm not alone. The exodus could really hurt his Steveness' empire, and I can only hope that Android's success will spur Apple to finally become TRULY developer focussed.


RE: Open Ecossystems are flourishing.
By reader1 on 5/14/10, Rating: -1
RE: Open Ecossystems are flourishing.
By johnnycanadian on 5/14/2010 12:47:33 PM , Rating: 5
"Apple needs to make it harder for developers to get an app approved, not easier. Nobody needs 25,000 puzzle games."

Really? Why not let the consumer decide what they want. Apple's responsibility in this matter is to (1) ensure that there's no malicious code on the App Store and (2) make it easier to find what you're looking for.

I'm not a Flash developer, but I'm disgusted that Apple's dictating the development tools one must use in order to obtain App Store approval (in an attempt to retain application exclusivity on the platform). If I want to use Flash, Unity, Appcelerator or just plain XCode Objective-C, let me decide: if the code is poor, customers won't buy it. Simple as that.


RE: Open Ecossystems are flourishing.
By icanhascpu on 5/14/2010 7:03:51 PM , Rating: 2
I dont know, it looks like a minor issue that is just annoying to devs. By keeping their sandbox neat and clean they can lesson the percentage of really bad apps, because even doing that now, I would say 90% of them are bad. If everyone that could make a crap game that had heard of flash before made an app it would be a even bigger mess.

Then again they really need to work on their app search and organization. For a company that made a fantastic search tool like Spotlight years ago, I doubt its beyond their ability. Who knows what they have planned. (besides gizmodo).

All I know is that google selling tons of great smartphones and apple obviously not sitting on their ass about it is good for ALL OF US!


By johnnycanadian on 5/14/2010 11:08:50 PM , Rating: 3
It's difficult to demonstrate that the development tool is directly related to the quality of the app, though. For example, Zombieville USA was made with Unity -- it's superb and has been in top sales lists since release. Stunt Squirrels was made with GameSalad and is beautifully implemented. Talented developers will release great apps no matter what development platform is being used, and conversely you're always going to see crap from not-so-talented folks, again no matter the platform.

Note that I'm not involved with either of the above mentioned projects in any way.


RE: Open Ecossystems are flourishing.
By omnicronx on 5/14/2010 10:38:45 AM , Rating: 2
I see one big problem with Android. Just because the OS is free, does not mean all of the code within it is license free. HTC found that out the hard way, and its been estimated that they are going to have to pay MS upwards of 20-40 dollars per device in licensing fees as a result of their recent deal, and this does not include the Apple suit should they be forced to pay licensing fees there too.

That could very well mean that manufacturers could end up paying more money to sell Android based devices than a closed system. (such as the upcomming WinMo7)

Suddenly the very thing that made Android so attractive to manufacturers in the first place may disappear. Lets just hope other Android manufacturers don't follow suit.


RE: Open Ecossystems are flourishing.
By adiposity on 5/14/2010 12:42:33 PM , Rating: 2
HTC did not find out the hard way. They chose to license Microsoft patents for reasons unknown to the general public. Speculation is that it allows them to better fight the Apple lawsuit, although I'm not exactly sure how.

No one knows what they are paying MS but considering that they decided to do it without a fight, we don't really know how valid MS's claims were. For all we know, in the deal they get to license WinMo7 for free.

HTC is the biggest WinMo partner around; somehow I doubt MS really went after them for Android. Something else is going on there...


RE: Open Ecossystems are flourishing.
By omnicronx on 5/14/2010 1:35:49 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think you understand the precedent HTC has set. They did not really 'choose' to form a cross licensing deal with MS, they were forced too as a result of Apples litigation.

I'm not saying HTC and MS have a bad relationship, the exact opposite actually. The deal they made with MS is most likely much better than any deal that would have been had with Apple (after all HTC is pretty much the only thing keeping WinMo alive). But the fact remains that according to reports they will be paying a good chunk of money to MS for every Android phone they ship.

Even if they are protected from Apple, the result is still the same, Android is no longer free for HTC to use.

The fact that the OS is open source and benefits the consumer is irrelevant if the manufacturer is making less money from Android devices than other closed platforms. The chance of litigation could also sway manufacturers to a closed platform that come backed with its own IP for protection.

Not to say I am not rooting for HTC and Android, and I do hope the Android platform succeeds, I just have my worries ;)


RE: Open Ecossystems are flourishing.
By T2k on 5/14/2010 2:28:58 PM , Rating: 3
On the contrary you obviously don't have the slightest clue about Microsoft's way of dealing with things like this - they NEVER force or sue people, they always try to cut a deal.

So in other words yes, it most likely went like adiposity described: MS went to HTC saying hey, I can see you are using some of our patented stuff but I also know you are my best-selling WinMo agent... how about licensing our WinMo 7 and I will include all patents in it?


By Jeffk464 on 5/14/2010 11:51:58 PM , Rating: 1
The scary thing is that the previews I've read about win7mo have been hugely positive. Hopefully android has enough of a head start that they will keep there now 2nd place market share. I love the the android OS and I love how open it is, but MS has traditionally been very open with what you can put on their OS's. It sounds like we are going to have three outstanding operating systems, makes you wonder what is going to end up being the final outcome.

PS. I love my droid incredible and so I'm routing for google's android.


too bad the carriers get involved...
By notposting on 5/14/2010 9:35:04 AM , Rating: 2
Because open means the carriers can lock it down as they see fit, like AT&T is doing with theirs (Yahhooooo and apps ONLY from the Market) or like my phone from Verizon.

Have the crappy VZW software installed, can't uninstall it. And it's always starting up and running (so I get stuff like Mobile IM, Visual VM, Vcast Videos, Vcast Music, VZ Navigator all running in the background).

It's integrated into stuff like the contacts as well--if I open a contact, I can send an IM--but only with MobileIM (which doesn't use the $30/mo data plan I'm paying for but my text messages, which I pay $5/mo for 250). If want to utilize the address info from the contact list, VZ Nav (and its $10/month fee) is the only way.

And of course then you get retarded crap like Google Voice and Skype not using wifi but using their voice network, etc.

But no chance in hell I'm getting involved in that Itunes and Apple BS.




By HotFoot on 5/14/2010 10:13:26 AM , Rating: 3
I'm a big fan of just buying the device outright and then not signing any contracts. $50/mo all-in unlimited data and a voice plan included, I can Skype, tether to my hearts desire, whatever I want on WiFi and 3G. I can cancel my contract on a day's notice if I'm going to be out of the country for a month or two and want so save a little money.

My carrier doesn't tell me what I can and can't do. I pay them for service and that's what I get. It's brilliant, and I don't know anyone getting a better deal.


RE: too bad the carriers get involved...
By Jeffk464 on 5/14/2010 11:55:03 PM , Rating: 2
Interesting, the incredible on verizon doesn't have that stuff on it.


By Jeffk464 on 5/14/2010 11:56:50 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think you get charged minutes using skype mobile on the verizon network.


What about iTouch?
By pjwr2004 on 5/14/2010 8:48:09 AM , Rating: 5
How are we sure Apple's 8.75M Iphones don't include iTouch? :)




65k a day is great but...
By Hare on 5/16/2010 1:16:14 AM , Rating: 2
... but Nokia alone moved three times as much Symbian devices per day. Add Samsung and others and it's pretty clear that:

"At the rate Android OS is expanding, it shouldn't be too long before it starts its worldwide domination."

Is not going to happen too fast. I'm personally very interested to see what's happening with MeeGo (OS done by Nokia and Intel based on Moblin and Maemo).




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