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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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RE: iTunes
By Goty on 8/2/2010 5:39:43 PM , Rating: 2
I've been searching for a suitable replacement since I dropped my iphone, but I haven't found anything useful yet. doubleTwist is frankly just annoying to use, Songbird doesn't sync correctly with my phone, Banshee is linux-only, etc.

Do you have an recommendations?

RE: iTunes
By Gio6518 on 8/2/2010 6:06:30 PM , Rating: 2
The best I found so far was double twist. But I uninstalled, I prefer just copy and paste onto the SD card, I also use the d-link DNS321 along with andftp (which is free on Android market) to sync from anywhere.

RE: iTunes
By ajdavis on 8/2/2010 7:18:55 PM , Rating: 2
Media Monkey is a pretty good, if not totally free, alternative.

RE: iTunes
By Falacer on 8/3/2010 12:14:10 PM , Rating: 2
This is what I use.

RE: iTunes
By LRonaldHubbs on 8/2/2010 7:49:18 PM , Rating: 2
You could give Winamp a try. They just added Android syncing support with the latest update. I know CD rip and burn speeds are limited in the free version, and conversion to MP3 is prohibited. Not sure what other limitations apply to the free version as I've been using Pro for years. Pro costs $25 and has free updates until the next major revision (ie, whenever they move from 5.x to 6.x). It supports basically every audio format anyone could want (including ogg and flac) and there are community add-ons available. As for purchasing songs, I think there is an optional eMusic bundle, but I didn't install it. You could always just buy non-DRM files from the likes of Amazon or Wal-Mart and import them.

RE: iTunes
By RjBass on 8/3/2010 12:10:43 AM , Rating: 3

RE: iTunes
By quiksilvr on 8/3/2010 9:24:51 AM , Rating: 2
YES! Winamp for the win. It's insanely flexible, supports that pesky .m4a format and doesn't eat up 200MB of HDD space (and has a small memory footprint)

RE: iTunes
By Hieyeck on 8/4/2010 3:45:28 PM , Rating: 2
Just disable the winamp5 themes and you're golden :)

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