Android Steam rolls
Gone are the days when critics used to tag Google as a one-trick-pony. The Android has truly established Google as more than just Search and Ads on the internet. Android OS with its open source mantra has brought the first global scale success of open source platform.
Two days back, a report released Wednesday by NPD Group placed Android as the leading smartphone operating system in the U.S. in market share beating the heavyweights iPhone and Blackberry.Following a slew of new smartphones released in the second quarter, the Android operating system accounted for 33 percent of all smartphones sold in the U.S. consumer market. That number pushed it ahead of Research In Motion with 28 percent and Apple with 22 percent. It also marked the first time since the fourth quarter of 2007 that RIM dropped to second place, said NPD.Android activations are topping an astounding 200,000 number on a daily basis thus making Android activations run at a rate of 73 million a year (200k/day X 365).
This report from NPD follows another such report from Canalys which found that Android shipments in the U.S. had jumped 886 percent in the second quarter from a year ago. The strength of Android was its presence across a wide range of OEMs and carriers. In Fact, it would not be wrong to attribute the resurgence of Motorola to the Android (Moto Droid). Sony Ericsson’s turn around is also largely Android led (X10i,Mini). HTC also saw a turn of fortunes after having walked the path with Android.
With Froyo already on its way snapping at the heals of iOS4, and reports of Gingerbread being readied for Tablet consumption, Android has not only established its solid presence in Smartphones but also taking the fight to Apple in Tablets. It may be slow on Tablets, but it was also slow to start in the smartphone space lagging Apple by an year. Mass acceptance by a large number of OEMs and Carriers has helped Android sail past Apple and Blackberry in smartphones and the story could look similar in Tablets as well.
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