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Is Android unstoppable?
Unwired ^ | 03 Aug 10 | Vlad Bobleanta

Posted on 08/03/2010 10:58:40 AM PDT by SmokingJoe

What the numbers say

Android’s market share grew by an amazing 886% in the second quarter of 2010 compared to the second quarter of 2009. And as exciting as that sounds, it was pretty much to be expected. Back in Q2 2009 Android had 2.8% of the smartphone market. You can only go up from such a measly number, basically.

This time last year, Android was on just over a million of the handsets sold. And almost all of those sales were made up by the HTC Dream/G1. Android 1.5 was released during that second quarter of 2009, but by the end of June only two devices were running the new OS version, the Samsung i7500 Galaxy and the HTC Magic. Arguably, neither Android 1.0 nor Android 1.5 were anything close to final, stable versions of the OS despite their numbering. It was only with 1.6 that came out in September last year, when the OS started to look good enough for mass adoption, and that’s when many new devices started to show up, and Android’s growth rate started surging.

Today, Android is only 0.9% away from RIM’s BlackBerry OS, and if the current trends continue, will overtake it in Q3. Which is not a small achievement by any standard. RIM’s OS was holding that second position since Windows Mobile started to go down a long, long time ago (in mobile device years, anyway).

We’ve clearly not seen the peak of the Android platform yet. How much it can still grow from this point on is anybody’s guess, but it has absolutely grown up this year. My guess is that it won’t peak in 2010.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events; Technical
KEYWORDS: android; apple; cellphones; phone; smartphones; telecom; topten; verizon
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An interesting fact is that aside from Android, every other smartphone OS has lost market share in Q2 2010 compared to Q2 2009. Every. Single. One.
1 posted on 08/03/2010 10:58:42 AM PDT by SmokingJoe
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To: SmokingJoe

I know very little about these, but am contemplating buying a smartphone. I am currently an ATT customer (have work Blackberry)

Any suggestions would be appreciated. Here or FReepMail. Thanks!


2 posted on 08/03/2010 11:03:05 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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As long as RIM keeps sucking then yes they are unstoppable.

We are going from Blackberry to Droid.

Blackberry = Atari 2600


3 posted on 08/03/2010 11:06:31 AM PDT by TSgt (We will always be prepared, so we may always be free. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: TSgt

Please don’t insult the Atari 2600. ;-)


4 posted on 08/03/2010 11:09:22 AM PDT by edh (I need a better tagline)
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To: TSgt

I still like the Rim OS. It does the job just fine. I have a G1, Smartphone and I used to have a blackberry. The blackberry worked fine.


5 posted on 08/03/2010 11:10:21 AM PDT by Weird Tolkienish Figure
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To: Weird Tolkienish Figure

It’s why I like the BB, it works. Very, very reliable and it handles encryption certificates.

Funny how that isn’t an issue yet. It will be as Google, Bing, and others start to really hammer away at your privacy.

Prediction - Social networking sites will start supporting public key encryption within the next five years. It would stop the pilfering of private, but ‘volunteered’ information cold.


6 posted on 08/03/2010 11:16:21 AM PDT by RinaseaofDs
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To: SmokingJoe
I accidentally dropped mine into a vat of liquid nitrogen. I then pulled it out too fast and it shattered into a thousand pieces.

But then as the pieces melted they started to coalesce ...

7 posted on 08/03/2010 11:23:01 AM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear (These fragments I have shored against my ruins)
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Android has some great features and applications. Unfortunately if you use those features and apps, your battery won’t last a single day. The first smartphone manufacturer that makes a batter last long enough will eventually win. Right now they all suck.


8 posted on 08/03/2010 11:24:00 AM PDT by TommyDale (Independent - I already left the GOP because they were too liberal)
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To: SmokingJoe

Android looks unstoppable. In 5 years, Android may run most phones, netbooks, Tablets, TVs, Refrigerators, etc.

But what I don’t understand is this. Since Android is free to manufacturers, how does Google capitalize on it? How does Android help Google?


9 posted on 08/03/2010 11:24:45 AM PDT by o2bfree
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To: TSgt
As long as RIM keeps sucking then yes they are unstoppable.

Add Microsoft to that list. Steve Ballmer has no idea what he is doing as far as smartphones and lots of other markets are concerned.

10 posted on 08/03/2010 11:26:04 AM PDT by SmokingJoe
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It’s really too bad that the Palm Pre died off. It was easily a year ahead of its time and the OS is still the best mobile. Lousy marketing and really iffy handheld + releasing right on the cusp of a depression all killed it quickly. Still like mine though, but next I get will likely be Android after version 3 is out.


11 posted on 08/03/2010 11:26:13 AM PDT by Tolsti2
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To: A_Former_Democrat

My first smartphone is the iPhone 3Gs I picked up at the ATT store for $99. It has everything I need for now and Im impressed, best hundred dollars Ive spent in a long time.
I set up a wirelss router at home and that took me off their 3G network, which saves on data recieved.
Let us know what and how you do . . . ‘aight?


12 posted on 08/03/2010 11:28:53 AM PDT by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways Guero >>> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona.....)
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My Mom has a Droid from Verizon and I thought I’d see how it worked and functioned. The one thing I struggled with was the use of a virtual keyboard. I prefer a real keyboard, so that’s kind of why I’m leaning towards getting a Blackberry for my next phone.


13 posted on 08/03/2010 11:32:40 AM PDT by GOP_Raider (Please consider the logging and timber industries when printing this tagline)
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To: o2bfree

You make your money developing apps for it. Plus it is like heroin. You can afford give it away for free.....at first


14 posted on 08/03/2010 11:32:49 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Tolsti2
You may still have some hope on Palm after HP acquired Palm recently.
15 posted on 08/03/2010 11:38:44 AM PDT by SmokingJoe
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To: GOP_Raider

“My Mom has a Droid from Verizon and I thought I’d see how it worked and functioned. The one thing I struggled with was the use of a virtual keyboard. I prefer a real keyboard, so that’s kind of why I’m leaning towards getting a Blackberry for my next phone.”

Wifie has a Droid, I have a Blackberry. I much prefer mine.


16 posted on 08/03/2010 11:40:14 AM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: SharpRightTurn

bttt


17 posted on 08/03/2010 11:45:09 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: SmokingJoe

The second Android can sync with outlook canlendar and contacts, microsoft is gone.


18 posted on 08/03/2010 11:49:04 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: GOP_Raider

If you struggled with the virtual keyboard, did you slide the phone open to reveal the physical/tactile keyboard? ;-p

I have a Verizon Motorola Droid and bought this model expressly because it has both a virtual and a physical keyboard.

OH, I LOVE my Droid.


19 posted on 08/03/2010 11:49:40 AM PDT by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur)
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Heh, so i have a car charger and a home charger now. Can’t imagine what an extended battery would look like on DroidX.


20 posted on 08/03/2010 11:53:20 AM PDT by hope
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