Android Booms in Western Europe, Biggest Smartphone OS as of Q4 2010

March 9, 2011
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Android is very quickly becoming the biggest and best Mobile OS, and not just in Europe but around the world. The extremely wide adoption from all manufacturers and developers, to the hundreds of choices make it a clear cut winner (aka #winning like Charlie Sheen). Android has continued to evolve and grow in huge numbers that can be seen in most markets everywhere. You can read here about Android passing BlackBerry to become #1 smartphone. Stories like that just mentioned keep showing up more and more.

Google has to be happy about it, I know we here at Android Community are. IDC (International Data Corporation) has came out with a few exciting new numbers for Android, specifically in the European markets that have shown some huge growth, mentioning that Android grew a whopping 1,580% in a single year.

In 2010 Android grew 1,580% year-on-year to 7.9 million units from 470 thousand units a year ago. The iOS only increased 66% in 4Q10 compared to 4Q09.

"Android surged from 4% to 31% market share in less than a year to become the market leader in 4Q10 and the fastest growing operating system ever. IDC estimates at that Android will grow at a 37% compound annual growth rate between 2010 and 2015 in Western Europe, overtaking the overall market growth in the period and that of its direct competitor, the iOS from Apple.

This news goes along well with another story we told you about recently, you can read that here on AC also at the link. Consumers are more likely to buy Android than Apple according to surveys. Now with Android 2.3 things will start to look even better, not to mention Android 3.0 Honeycomb has just launched and is amazing if you haven't heard. The Mobile OS, and tablet markets both should be on the lookout for Android as they top the world.

[via IDC Research]


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  • HoneycombFTW

    2011 will be a huge year for Android!!!

    Maybe “biggest smartphone OS” isn’t the best title. lol
    Makes it sound like a bloated MS OS ;)

    keep kicking but Android team!

  • http://www.facebook.com/vishnuvardhanraop Vishnu Rao

    Google is delighted with the results

    http://mobiscreen.net