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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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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.

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