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Android is expected to catch up to iPhone by mid 2011

The smartphone world is changing and it's changing fast. Companies that were big performers for years are now seeing their profits and market share slide precipitously. Among the companies are Microsoft and Palm.

Palm was recently purchased by HP and Microsoft is seeing the market share of its Windows Mobile offerings plummet as phone makers migrate to open platforms like Android. Android devices are burning up the global market and in the U.S., Android has now outpaced the iPhone in market share for Q1 2010.

The global market for smartphones is very similar reports 
Reuters. Android was the fourth most popular operating system sold globally in Q1 2010 according to Gartner. That puts Android's global reach ahead of Microsoft's mobile OS and Android is gaining on the iPhone quickly on the global market. 

As the Android OS grows in popularity, more and more developers are working on apps for the OS. Chris Moore from Redpoint Ventures said, "I am quite impressed by the traction the Android ecosystem is getting." He goes on to say, "I want to say that on the current trajectory, they (Android) will pass the iPhone platform, or at least reach parity by the end of this year or middle of next year."

The most pressure is definitely being put on Microsoft in the global smartphone market. The company is the only one who charges handset makers a licensing fee for its smartphone OS. More and more companies that traditionally built Windows Mobile devices are looking to Android as a free and more popular alternative.

In addition to looking at the reach of smartphone OS' globally, 
Gartner also looked at the most popular device makers around the globe. Nokia still holds the top spot with 35% of the global handset market. Samsung is next with 20.6%, LG has 8.6%, RIM has 3.4%, and Apple takes seventh place on the list with 2.7% of the market. The top smartphone OS in the world is Symbian with 44.3% of the market, Blackberry OS is next with 19.4% of the market, iPhone has 15.4% of the market, with Android at 9.6% of the market. Windows Mobile has 6.8% of the smartphone OS market.

"In the first quarter of 2010, smartphone sales to end users saw their strongest year-on-year increase since 2006," said Carolina Milanesi, research vice president at 
Gartner. “This quarter saw RIM, a pure smartphone player, make its debut in the top five mobile devices manufacturers, and saw Apple increase its market share by 1.2 percentage points. Android’s momentum continued into the first quarter of 2010, particularly in North America, where sales of Android-based phones increased 707 per cent year-on-year."

Milanesi went on to say, "Growth [for Apple] came partly from new communication service providers in established markets, such as the UK, and stronger sales in new markets such as China and South Korea. The second quarter of 2010 will be a very important one for Apple. We expect that Apple will present its new iPhone in June during its Worldwide Developer Conference, which will be the first to feature the latest release of the iPhone OS that includes welcome improvements for developers and users, such as multitasking."

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RE: No surprise here
By corduroygt on 5/19/2010 4:00:01 PM , Rating: 2
Better OS for geeks maybe, but certainly not for the average user.

It sells more because it's on more phones, and the Android phones are cheaper. Simple math.

Tried out the HTC incredible and it's not even close to the iphone OS for intuitiveness and user friendlyness.

If you discredit my opinion since I've been using the iphone and may be partial to it, the same sentiment was shared by my girlfriend and her sister, who are NOT iphone users, and they said the HTC wasn't even close. One is a medical research scientist at Columbia University and the other is a wealthy Wall Street Analyst, so they're not dumb either. They're just not geeks, and iphone is better for the non-geeks.

RE: No surprise here
By Exodus220 on 5/19/2010 10:14:32 PM , Rating: 2
Your three examples are not sufficient to prove that the Android OS is less intuitive or friendly than the iPhone OS. Certainly Apple has had several years to perfect their OS, but your attempt to prove Android OS is for geeks doesn't cut it. For all I know, you made up those two people...who cares what their professions 12 year old sister, 14 year old brother, 17 year old sister, hospital administrator mother, high school administrator/soldier father, and myself (elementary administrator) all love our Android OS phones and find them incredibly simple to use. Hah, I have more people that like it, so does that automatically make it true?

RE: No surprise here
By Exodus220 on 5/19/2010 10:19:16 PM , Rating: 2
Also, I my brother and father-in-law have either an iPhone or iTouch and when I attempt to use it I feel like throwing it because it is so confusing or restrictive. I considered buying one but am glad I waiting to purchase an Android phone instead.

RE: No surprise here
By corduroygt on 5/20/2010 9:06:47 AM , Rating: 2
I understand restrictive, but confusing? It's the most intuitive and straightforward OS out there.
Also if you don't believe my examples, 3 cnet authors though the same too:

Round 2, controls and user interface is the section you're looking for.

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