Skip to comments.Android moves into first place in market share
Posted on 03/07/2011 7:56:59 PM PST by F1reEng1neRed
Last time we checked in with ComScore's report on smartphone platform market share among US subscribers three months ago, Android was doing a little happy dance as it overtook iOS for the number two spot overall. Well, the cuddly green bots have self-replicated yet again, enough to overtake RIM this time thanks in part to a 5.4 percent decline on BlackBerry's part (down to 30.4 percent in January) coupled with a 7.7 percent boost on the Android side, moving up to 31.2 percent. We imagine ComScore's next report -- covering the period through March -- will see a little boost on the iOS side thanks to Verizon's iPhone launch, but RIM's knight in shining armor might be further out; we still don't know when QNX-based phones are going to happen, after all, and devices like the Monaco don't really seem like cure-alls.
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Thinking about upgrading to an HTC Incredible. It is off da hook!
HTC Incredible gets end-of-lifed soon. Make sure you get it for free if with contract, and don’t expect Android support for very long.
Just wait til next year when microsoft has all windows type GUIs unified. Your phone, netbook, desktop, and xbox will all use similar and interchangeable and compatible operating systems. Then we’ll see what phone OS rises to first place.
I don’t know enough about iPhones, but I can’t imagine having anything that makes me happier than my Droid-X.
I have no use for Apple computers or their general business practices; nonetheless they reign supreme in gadgets. The Iphone is significantly more capable than other choices.
“I dont know enough about iPhones, but I cant imagine having anything that makes me happier than my Droid-X.”
What does it do???
I have a old flip phone from Verizon that makes and receives calls (no texting).
Does this Droid thing do texting and take pictures and stuff like that? Does it do stuff like the “Crack”berry that I see the zombies use at my work all the time?
“The Iphone is significantly more capable than other choices.”
Hmmm...trying to think of something my Android phone can’t do that an Iphone can...
Oh! Thought of something....cost more.
But...to stay on topic, this isn’t about hardware. This is about the Android O/S.
Come back and a year and let us know how that’s worked out for ya. Having wasted money on Windows CE and Mobile for over a decade I think I can predict but hey, like O’Reilly says, “I could be wrong”
Just my .02 (flame suit on)
I have a Droid2 Global issued by my work and a personal iPhone. No comparison for me; I prefer the iPhone hands down.
“Just wait til next year when microsoft has all windows type GUIs unified. Your phone, netbook, desktop, and xbox will all use similar and interchangeable and compatible operating systems. Then well see what phone OS rises to first place.”
Got some news for you...Android already does that from within windows.
Nothing wrong with that. It’s a matter of personal preference.
I have a flip phone too. But mine has a camera and texting. That’s really all I need. I can probably do without the camera.
I think what MS is aiming for is a phone that is your computer. when you want to use a desktop computer there will be a docking station that your phone plugs into and an auxillary mainboard and hardware will sync up with your phone to boost it’s capabilities. I don’t really see that happening with a linux based operating system on your phone, and a windows based operating system on everything else. But I could be wrong.
I think the problem with windows based phone OSs to date has been that phones don’t have enough computing horsepower. We are about to see phones on the market with EXCESS HORSEPOWER. But like you and BOR said, I could be wrong.
You mean things like full email support so the zombies can leave their desks and still know the boss has scheduled a meeting in 20 minutes? And the ability to freep in the doctor's waiting room rather than read Newsweek? I'm sure it has all that.
I have an iphone 3gs and my contract with AT&T is in June. That’s when I’m planning on my next phone.
Good friend of my mine has the Droid-X and loves it. The screen size is impressive and so was some of the apps he was running. I could see how you had more control over the phone when it comes to settings and running apps.
One of the phones I’m considering if I don’t choose Verizon’s iphone 4 is the Droid Bionic.
dual core processor with latest version of Android, and well sized, very high resolution display.
But what really stands out is that this phone will work on Verizon’s 4G network. The data upload/download is damn fast.
I was hoping that Verizon was planning an iphone version this year that would work on the 4G network. But so far, doesn’t look like that is going to happen in 2011.
AT&T’s network is total oversubscribed joke and I can’t wait to get away from them.
You mean like the Motorola Atrix 4G?
Yeah, and I've been doing something similar with Linux, rack mounted to hand-held. From the monster servers at work (think 64 core, memory pushing 200 GB), to my 5 year old desktop, to my netbook, to my Android based phone... The netbook and desktop are very, very similar, being Ubuntu desktop and netbook remix. But hey, if Windows wants to play catch up, that's fine.
“Complete with a blue screen of death...”
Funny, I’ve owned 2 different versions of the Iphone and I had way more app freezes/closes than I ever have had with my Android...and the Iphone apps will just do it without warning.
At&T’s network, just like the others, is better in some areas and worse in others. Just depends on where you are. I’ve got friends who are on Verizon and they say it’s terrible. I know a few spots where people say Sprint is King.
But no fear, there’s some pretty awesome new Android phones coming out on pretty much every major carrier very shortly.
hmmm, ya just like that. Well...MS still has the xbox. If they succeed in pulling xbox into the whole windows based universe they should be able to convince the gamer boys to go with windows phone systems.
Maybe ping-worthy? Your call....
Problem is is that MS seems consistently late to the game.
Sony Ericsson is getting ready to release the Experia Play which is pretty much a PSP and cellphone running on a Android O/S.
Your somewhat correct. But still, the idea is already evolving quickly with the release of the Motorola Atrix “LapDock”.
Yes, the nice thing is there is even more choices and competition heating up this year than 2010, which always pushes performance up and costs down.
By summer, hopefully, I’ll be set on my next smartphone purchase.
I know the verizon phone is very similiar to the AT&T model and does have a couple drawbacks as well, but still, just good to finally see some competition out there.
I’ve got my eye on the Samsung Galaxy S II. That things got some serious specs.
I'm very happy with mine. I like the bigger screen, in comparison to the iPod Touchs that my kids have. I bought the Incredible because the iPod wasn't available on Verizon earlier this year. I like the iPhone user interface better. When my contract expires in another year, I may get an iPhone if the screen is larger.
I don’t know much about a PSP but isnt’ that like a really lame dumbed down version of a play station?
This is great and funny.LOL
There is this also
iBoobs Reborn: Undaunted, The Famous Chest App Comes To Android
Of course it doesn’t have the capabilities of a full blown PS3, but as far as portable gaming devices go it’s been pretty much the most powerful one out there...can do Skype too. Combine that with a the ability to make calls and everything else smartphones can do, and I think it should be pretty successful.
I played with the Galaxy Nexus phone at best buy couple days ago.
The screen and resolution on these phones is just jaw dropping beautiful and the processor will run the latest android very fast.
I know Samsung has lit the fires right now because they are considering it a national discrace that soo many SK residents are buying iPhones and loving them.
They’ve used every dirty political trick in the book to keep the iPhone out of SK and even resorted to planted stories in their media about performance and design flaws that don’t exist with the ipad and iphones.
But all things considered, the Samsung Galaxy is one of the phones I’ll be considering this year after what I saw this week. The S II looks very intriguing if made available in the US soon.
What the heck does that box mean? Stated popping up on my HTC desire couple of days ago?
LOL, that’s quite the review!
LOL. That is too funny. Got to be one of the best cellphone reviews ever.
And because i know soo many iphone users who are pissed as this guy that they can’t run flash.
The EVO and Android are outstanding and open systems for development... FYI I'm computer/networking/Telecoms engineer of 30 years plus... and currently work for AT&T...
I purchased a PPC-6700 several years ago when they first came out. It was a Windows Mobile 5 phone. Over the years I upgraded it to WM6 and then WM6.5. I can't really say that it ever let me down, but my wife ended up dragging her Samsung A-900 by it's charger cord as we drove off of the ferry. It didn't get destroyed but it was looking pretty rough.
In January we went by the Sprint Store because we were both eligible for upgrades and thought we would get a pair of Android phones. Unfortunately, we were told that we would have to change plans to get one of the Android phones. As I said previously... we have an unbeatable Sprint family plan with free “unlimited” data and no real penalty if we go over our minutes. We have three phones on the plan all with “unlimited” data for just $90 a month after all taxes. We were told that the only data phones currently allowed on our plan were windows mobile 6.5 or earlier phones.
The best phone that can be used on our plan is the HTC Touch Pro 2. The phone has a large base of active users who post in forums on the internet. You can find out how to do just about anything with the TP2 through the forums. The processor is not as powerful and it doesn't have as much memory as most Android phones, but it has a beautiful 800 x 480 screen and a very convenient slide-out keyboard. The phone is much sleeker than my PPC-6700. It can also comes unlocked for using GSM networks when traveling abroad so it is one of two Sprint “World” phones. We bought two of used TP2s through Ebay. Both were in nearly flawless condition and activated without any problems.
Since we have owned a Windows Mobile phone for several years we haven't had any difficulties with the TP2s. We would have loved to have purchased Android phones with more powerful processor and more memory, but for the tasks that we use our phones for... there was no way we could justify doubling our monthly cell phone bill.
The TP2 uses Sprints 3G network, can be used with our WIFI at work, and we have great Internet browsers installed. There is a free app that turns the phone into a wireless hot-spot that works incredibly well. They display high quality pictures, and play high quality video and music, both streaming and from a memory card. The phones have a great GPS built in and programs are available that can track the phone if it is lost. The camera is not that great, but is not all that bad either. They come with HTC Touch which is an extension included with WM 6.5 which give the phones a flashy start-up screen with Weather and customizable shortcuts.
The operating system may be a little dated, but it is stable and I know my way around it because of my previous experience with my PPC-6700. Neither of the TP2s have crashed on us once. I am able to get a lot more out of my TP2 than most of my friends who are using more powerful Android phones. The TP2 actually can dual boot the Android operating system from a memory card with everything working, but blue-tooth and the stereo headphone jack. You can still use a headset through the USB port but I have only played with Android on my TP2 for recreation. I have Windows Mobile programs that accomplish everything that I need to use the phone for.
So to summarize. I am actually a little surprised how maligned Windows Mobile 6.5 and below have been. It is a little outdated, but it is an efficient operating system that makes good use of devices with limited computing power. I actually am quite proud of what I can still accomplish using my old tweaked PPC-6700. It is five years old and delegated to being a backup phone but is still quite useful. I expect to get at least a couple more years out of the Touch Pro 2s. Around the time dualcore 2ghz Android or Windows 7 phones with 3D displays become available I suppose that we will end up having to make the switch.
Yep... first thing I did when I got mine was to get Eclipse and the ADK so I could write my own apps. Fun.
I’m glad you’ve had success with you WinMo Phones. It basically comes down to personal preference and it appears that you’re pretty satisfied with what you have. I’m have a vague familiarity with WinMo. I’m a prior Iphone 3G and 3GS owner and decided to make the switch to Android. Since I switched, I haven’t looked back.
XDA is awesome and highly recommended for anyone looking to expand their Android horizons.
I beat my Blackberry with a hammer 2 weeks ago and threw it in the trash. I only owned one because my boss bought it for me. She doesn’t have any idea that I ‘lost’ it. I have no plans to get another phone. Landline is fine with answering machine. I get more work done without the damn thing distracting me all the time. Don’t worry, I work for family so no chance in getting fired because I don’t have the phone anymore. I’ve told her toadie that I lost the phone and that the service needs to be cancelled. Freedom has never felt so good.
I have the HTC EVO & quite frankly can’t think of anything that the Iphone can do that my EVO can’t. I like the bigger screen, the kickstand, & the ability to actually change batteries, & the menu structures among other things.
No contest for me.
The things that yu can do with the Android Smartphones is ridiculous. There is an entire underworld of developers creating new operating sytsems that allow the Android phones to do all sorts of great things. You can’t do that with the iPhone.
An entire thread extoling the features of Android, but not a word about Google. Google has not opened on European markets yet. Could it be that Google has some new development that shoots its earnings up again. Which of course means it can be then deemed a total failure.
The last thing in the world anybody is going to want to hear about is swapping operating systems in and out on a gadget.
Sure you can; it's called jailbreaking. There are huge numbers of apps available for jailbroken iPhones. The problem is that, as soon as you do it, you've opened your iPhone to vulnerability to malware just like a Windows PC or the Android phones.
Why wouldn't a selection of more than 350,000 available apps for the iPhone be enough?
Until I got my Droid-X, I used a cell phone as a... cell phone.
Since then, I’m able to read my email on the go. This has resulted in more than one sale - I reacted instantly to a customer inquiry.
Additionally, with the unlimited data download (and it IS unlimited), I can listen to my local talk radio station anywhere in the U.S.
The best feature, however, is the ability to listen to Pandora Radio in my car (where I spend much of my work day). No XM Satellite, no fumbling with the radio to find something worth hearing, etc.
My dashboard is a bit of a mess, however. I have the Droid, the GPS thingie, and my iPod, all with their attendant cabling.
Getting the Droid-X was an impulse purchase, but I’m very glad I gave in.