Sales

More than 50 percent of all smartphones sold worldwide run Android

The global domination of Android has seemed inexorable for the last year and a half, and now new research tells us what we've long suspected. According to Gartner, more than half of all smartphones sold worldwide use Android as of the third quarter of 2011. To be exact, 52.5% of all new smartphones sold come with Google's OS in one form or another, with 60 million units and change being sold in the three months period. That's an almost 200% rise over the same time span last year.

Amazon could ship 5 million Kindle Fire units this year

We already know that Amazon's Kindle Fire is a hit: it's reached the top of Amazon's internal sales charts and has made a good bit of buzz on its rock-bottom price. Now a supply chain analyst is predicting that Amazon could order 5 million Fire tablets before the end of the calendar year, making it the first tablet seller to truly rival Apple's iPad. Between Amazon's selling prowess and its integration with its own digital library, they're poised to make an incredible entrance into the tablet market.

ALL Verizon phones are just a penny through this weekend at Amazon

Did you avoid springing on a $79 HTC Rhyme? Still haven't picked up that $50 Thunderbolt? Well good things come to those who wait, my friend, and today everyone can take their karmic patience all the way to the bank. Amazon Wireless is hosting a huge Penny Pincher sale, and every single Verizon Android device is included. They're all just one single, solitary penny until 12:00 AM Pacific Time on Monday night/Tuesday morning. Naturally all these deals come saddled with a new two year Verizon contract - you've got to pay the piper. And while plenty of top-tier phones are included, Verizon's myriad tablet offerings aren't. If you're determined to ruin a good deal with poor choices, you could also pick up a "featurephone" like the Samsung Gusto, or choose from a solid half-dozen BlackBerry phones - watch out for those service outages. The only thing you won't find on the list is any iPhones. Sorry, Apple fans, you know they keep a tight leash on retailers. Highlights on the superphone side of things include the Motorola DROID BIONIC, the HTC Thunderbolt and the Samsung DROID Charge. If you don't live in a 4G LTE coverage area, you might want to check out the DROID 3, DROID X2, Sony XPERIA Play or LG Revolution. Looking for something a little smaller? Try the DROID PRO, the HTC Rhyme or the Pantech Breakout. The choice is yours, but don't spend too much time making it; with these prices Amazon's stock may not hold out until the Monday night deadline. [via SlashGear]

HTC sales figures for May more than double last years

Sales figures for the highly popular HTC have came out again and I feel like just saying what we have the last three times -- They have gone up, and have gone up fast. HTC has continued to not only beat previous sales records but it looks like they are more than doubling up each year as well. I think they might owe a small piece of that success completely to Android, and when I say small I mean most of it.

Android Surpasses iOS Globally for First Time, already did in U.S.

Looks like today the numbers are finally in, again. This time it is something that was well, sort of expected. The Android train has been going ahead full steam for a long time now, and Q4 2010 and Q1 2011 has only got faster and stronger. According to InMobi, the world's largest independent mobile ad network, revealed its monthly network data analysis findings in its Mobile Insights Report: Global Edition March 2011. They are showing Android ad impression sales has now finally surpassed iOS Globally.

Gartner’s revises predictions on Android’s meteroic rise

It's easy to predict a meteoric rise half way through, but analysts Gartner has done just that, revising it's prediction on the Android's dominance in the marketplace. Back in 2009, Gartner was absolutely convinced that there would be a three way tie between Android, the iPhone, and RIM for smart phone market share. Clearly that didn't happen as Android exploded, and now Gartner expects that by next year, Android will control a full 49% of the smartphone market. While the iPhone is quickly surpassed by the Robot (old news) Gartner's predictions now show modest growth, but nowhere near being able to keep pace.
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