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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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Meh...
By triadone on 8/2/2010 5:40:12 PM , Rating: 1
Wordplay. This is exactly like MS and its windows dominance in the PC market. To say that Windows has the largest share gives no understanding of who is selling the most hardware. LG, Samsung, Motorola, HTC? It's just one big glob of Google-based phones, treating them all the same. The numbers are nice but much like PCs, there are brands that are better from a hardware and engineering standpoint than others. I don't know that Google should really be emulating MS' approach of, "Put it in a toaster, we don't care! All we care is market share!"

I find it interesting that while many are touting the droid's "openness", Gingerbread is effectively stepping closer to the perceived limitations of iOS, trying to do more standardization of both hardware and UI across different brands. Needless to say, the app development and installation/use may also start looking a bit more like Apple's as droid doesn't need to have "An app for that...identity theft." I'd be curious to see how the droid phones break down in different markets. e.g., What's the percentage of growth in markets where RIM and iPhones are available on multiple networks? I've also seen marketing surveys indicating that a fair share of smartphone users on Verizon, for example, opt for a droid or RIM phone even though they want an iPhone, but they don't want to deal with switching to another carrier, much less AT&T. It would be nice to see a comparison of sales figures when/if Apple sells on Verizon, T-mobile, etc. I'm guessing there will be a healthy share of the noted 8888666888866666%%%%%%!!!!!- that end up jumping into the iPhone market.




RE: Meh...
By CptTripps on 8/2/2010 8:03:05 PM , Rating: 2
MS does have dominance in the PC market and sell tons upon tons of software. Android OS is on many different phones but they are gonna make money off every single one of those phones via the appstore. Why should MS (Google) care how many devices are sold under which hardware vendor? As long as the hardware moves they are doing well.

Even if gingerbread locks things down for a more enjoyable end user experience (think Vista/Win7 Certified), the source code will still be "open". Adding some base requirements does not make it any less open source.

I was one of those "I need an iphone 4" guys and almost jumped until ATT got the Captivate (in AK we have little option) which I found much cheaper at walmart. Me and my Iphone4 buddy compared the phones together and honestly both of us were impressed with both phones. I loved the look of his and of course it runs well while he was pleasantly suprised with how well Android is coming along.

The cameras both kicked ass, we both had cool games and were able to do most of the same things. Iphone is ahead in the appstore but I have a feeling that won't be forever. That said, I went google because I hate how Apple runs things. They make great stuff, but I won't give them my money and will not be part of that %.


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