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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 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?

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