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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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The best is yet to come, too
By dgingeri on 8/2/2010 3:47:33 PM , Rating: 3
all those phones mentioned are good phones. Some might even be great. However, from what I've seen, the best is yet to come. The Droid 2 (not my favorite) and the Samsung Galaxy S phones are not out yet. Well, one is, the Captivate. It blows the doors off the Droid X, but its stuck on AT&T.

Their best model IMO will be the Epic, but it's stuck on Sprint. At least it will be 4G. I think I'll be going for that when it comes out. Slide out keyboard, 4" AMOLED screen, 1GHz Hummingbird chip with HW acceleration for 3D and video playback, 512MB of memory, 720p movie recording, and 30% slimmer than the Droid 2. it's going to be great.

RE: The best is yet to come, too
By Camikazi on 8/2/2010 8:31:00 PM , Rating: 2
What Captivate? The thing says Galaxy S on the back of it :P that confused me when my friend got it, he kept saying Captivate while the thing clearly says Galaxy S on it.

RE: The best is yet to come, too
By Mortando on 8/4/2010 11:29:22 AM , Rating: 2
The Galaxy S line goes by different names for different carriers:
AT&T -> Captivate
Sprint -> Epic
Verizon -> Fascinate
T-Mobile -> Vibrant
U.S. Cellular -> Galaxy S

By theapparition on 8/3/2010 12:34:58 PM , Rating: 2
Well, one is, the Captivate. It blows the doors off the Droid X, but its stuck on AT&T

In no known universe does the Captivate exceed the Driod X.

Only thing better is the Galaxy S's GPU.

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