Gartner's latest smartphone stats are out, and according to their numbers Android is the second most popular smartphone OS worldwide. At 25.5-percent of the market in Q3 2010, that puts the Google platform behind Symbian's 36.6-percent and ahead of Apple's 16.7-percent. However, the real difference is in year-on-year change, with Symbian dropping from 44.6-percent of the market share. Android, meanwhile, grew from 3.5-percent while iOS fell from 17.1-percent. However, Gartner still thinks iOS' "multi-device presence" is still a key motivator for developers.
Canalys, though the fact that it is a collaborative result from multiple manufacturers means that Apple's iPhone is still the most popular US smartphone. According to Canalys' figures, Android device growth increased by 1,309-percent year-on-year, from 1.4 million in Q3 2009 to more than 20.0 million units in Q3 2010. The iPhone, meanwhile, holds 26.2-percent of the market share, pushing RIM into second place with 24.2-percent. "‘Android has been well received by the market and in some geographies it is becoming a sought-after consumer brand" claims analyst Pete Cunningham, "It has rapidly become the platform to watch, and its growing volumes will help to entice developers, ensuring consumers have access to an increasingly rich and vibrant mobile content and application ecosystem." [via SlashGear]
IDC report published today announces that the Android OS is expected to storm its way to the near top of the smartphone market, while growing at a faster rate than all its competition.
ChangeWave research report, usage and overall consumer outlook towards Google’s mobile operating system has skyrocketed over the last three months. As of December 2009, the research firm's survey shows that 4% of all users now have smartphones running some version of Google’s Android OS. That's a whopping increase of 200% since the previous survey released in September.
predicted to grow 900-percent in 2009, according to industry observers Strategy Analytics. They cite increased carrier, vendor and developer support as key motivators for growth, and expect Android to become "a top-tier player in smartphones over the next two to three years."
"The Android mobile operating system from Google gained early traction in the US in the second half of 2008 and it is gradually spreading its presence into Europe and Asia during 2009. Android is expanding from a low base and it is consequently outgrowing the iPhone OS from Apple, which we estimate will grow at a relatively lower 79% annually in 2009" Tom Kang, senior analyst, Strategy AnalyticsAmong its appeal is the low-cost licensing model and "semi-open-source structure", Strategy Analytics' director Neil Mawston claims, together with Google's "support for cloud services." From Android's first announcement, these have been key motivators; now, in the current economic climate, reducing licensing payments and software development time are even more attractive to device manufacturers and carriers alike. Android recently scored a coup in the US, with the T-Mobile G1 - the only handset using the platform officially available in the country - took one of the top five places in the best-selling smartphones for Q1 2009. Meanwhile the second Android device, the HTC Magic, launched in Europe in the past few weeks.