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Android's all-star lineup (some of which is pictured here) has propelled it to top RIM (BlackBerry) and Apple (iPhone) in the smartphone market.
Google posts an amazing 886 percent year-to-year growth in sales

When Google's Android mobile OS launched it was met with skepticism, pessimism, and doubt. Slowly but surely, Google recruited new hardware partners, launched new handsets, eventually reaching sales of 65,000 units a day -- then 100,000.  And Google maintained a relentless pace of OS releases -- with such high profile updates as Android 1.5, 2.02.1, and, most recently, 2.2 (Froyo).

Now market researcher Canalys claims that Google is now the top player in the U.S. smartphone market in terms of market share.  According to Canalys's extensive study, Google owns 34 percent of the market compared to Research in Motion's 32 percent and Apple's 21.7 percent.

Propelled by wildly successful handsets like HTC Hero (October 2009), Motorola Droid (November 2009), HTC Droid Incredible (April 2010), HTC EVO 4G (June 2010), and Motorola Droid X (July 2010), Google has dominated the market with an astounding sales growth of 886 percent.

Perhaps the only analogy to what Google is doing in the history of operating systems is Microsoft's incredible conquest of the personal computer operating system market with Windows.  Much like Windows, Google's multi-hardware OEM, open approach, focused on providing customers with a broad array of choices, is crushing its more specialized competitors, like Apple (which ironically was similarly crushed by Microsoft in the PC OS market).

That's not to say that Apple or RIM are posting financial losses.  In fact, Apple grew 61 percent in sales year-to-year and RIM grew 41 percent.  What is happening, though, is that they appear to be missing the growth opportunity that Android has found with its open, third-party hardware model.

Android's success looks especially scary considering that it appears to just be getting warmed up. Android 3.0 "Gingerbread" should launch this holiday season with some pretty amazing new features. Motorola, HTC, and others are reportedly already cooking up new high end handsets to accompany the OS launch.

In terms of individual hardware OEMs, Nokia still is the dominant party, owning 38 percent of the market. Overall smartphone sales rose 64 percent on a year-to-year basis.



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... which is the way it should be
By Paj on 8/2/2010 1:16:18 PM , Rating: 4
Assuming this data is true, it makes me happy. Im glad that an open OS beats a closed one, and the fact this mirrors the PC market of the 80s and 90s.

From what Ive read of their plans for Gingerbread, forcing a minimum spec for the OS is the right idea (should have been done a while ago). This will prevent app incompatibilities, which is one of the more annoying problems with Android right now.




RE: ... which is the way it should be
By hpram99 on 8/2/10, Rating: -1
RE: ... which is the way it should be
By themaster08 on 8/2/2010 6:59:39 PM , Rating: 2
Closed source != closed platform.


By hpram99 on 8/3/2010 1:20:29 PM , Rating: 2
I agree that Android is a sort of open platform. (Open developer platform albeit a $25 registration fee). However I was responding to the comments about the open source OS, which -if you read the article- has very little open source, not enough to be functional.


RE: ... which is the way it should be
By InternetGeek on 8/2/2010 7:31:36 PM , Rating: 2
No you're wrong. You can download android's entire source code from code.google.com. It's there. They even tell you which IDEs you can use and such.

AND just recently it was anounced that Mono is coming to Android. Bringing with it all the .NET developers. In other words, expect a lot of apps for both markets...


By hpram99 on 8/3/2010 1:41:44 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
No you're wrong. You can download android's entire source code from code.google.com. It's there. They even tell you which IDEs you can use and such.


I'm not making the claims, the claims were made at the 2010 OSCON. Please read the article that was posted before claiming I'm wrong. Only the kernel is GPL, everything else is Apache license which allows for proprietary modification without giving source.

quote:
AND just recently it was anounced that Mono is coming to Android. Bringing with it all the .NET developers. In other words, expect a lot of apps for both markets...


I believe your mixing up "open source" with "open platform" like themaster08 mentioned...

Voting my post down without even reading the supporting reference.. I'm starting to believe that some of the Android crowd and comments are sheer fanboyism like the iPhone crowd..


RE: ... which is the way it should be
By DanNeely on 8/2/10, Rating: -1
By smackababy on 8/2/2010 1:52:11 PM , Rating: 3
Google makes the Android source code available. In order to root the phone's firmware, you need to break into the software. Completely different. The phones are not totally open, but the OS is.


RE: ... which is the way it should be
By Quadrillity on 8/2/2010 1:54:16 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, you have no idea what you are talking about. The phones don't come standard with root access because 99% of people out there are too stupid to keep their phones in working condition after a root.


RE: ... which is the way it should be
By smackababy on 8/2/2010 3:08:10 PM , Rating: 2
You mean System32 isn't a virus?


By Treckin on 8/2/2010 5:15:19 PM , Rating: 2
Someone give this man a six...

And point him towards CLEANmyPC.com...


By omnicronx on 8/3/2010 11:52:17 AM , Rating: 2
It most likely is true, but I can pretty much guarentee its going to reverse back to its former state come Q4.

Q3 was a downtime for both Apple and RIM, both companies are right in the middle of product refreshes.

My guess is it will take another year for Android to truly take command of the smartphone market.


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