sales of Android compared to Windows Phone 7, we are now hearing our favorite OS is poised to pass both Apple's iOS and Nokia Symbian OS in Europe. IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo told Bloomberg that Android will likely pass the two competitors sometime next year.
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.
Informa Telecoms & Media have calculated that sales of phones powered by Google's Android OS may overtake Apple's iPhone by 2012. A large part of this equation had to do with hardware developers depending on open-sourced software as a way to save money during the manufacturing process. Once the market-leader in smartphone OS usage, Symbian has fallen to less-than-half market share over just a few years. This is surely partially due to Nokia's poor performance, but the advancement of competing platforms also plays a role. For the first time ever, smartphones have outsold notebook computers. This may symbolize a public's need to have a more portable device on the go, and a more powerful desktop computer at home. Robust platforms like Android, Symbian, Windows Mobile, and OS X Touch will begin to emerge as the preferred way to access data while away from the home or office. With no ties to specific hardware or carrier, Google could take a huge bite out of the market with the Android platform. [via vnunet.com]