Skip to comments.Is Android unstoppable?
Posted on 08/03/2010 10:58:40 AM PDT by SmokingJoe
What the numbers say
Androids 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 thats when many new devices started to show up, and Androids growth rate started surging.
Today, Android is only 0.9% away from RIMs BlackBerry OS, and if the current trends continue, will overtake it in Q3. Which is not a small achievement by any standard. RIMs OS was holding that second position since Windows Mobile started to go down a long, long time ago (in mobile device years, anyway).
Weve clearly not seen the peak of the Android platform yet. How much it can still grow from this point on is anybodys guess, but it has absolutely grown up this year. My guess is that it wont peak in 2010.
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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!
As long as RIM keeps sucking then yes they are unstoppable.
We are going from Blackberry to Droid.
Blackberry = Atari 2600
Please don’t insult the Atari 2600. ;-)
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.
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.
But then as the pieces melted they started to coalesce ...
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
You make your money developing apps for it. Plus it is like heroin. You can afford give it away for free.....at first
“My Mom has a Droid from Verizon and I thought Id 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 thats kind of why Im leaning towards getting a Blackberry for my next phone.”
Wifie has a Droid, I have a Blackberry. I much prefer mine.
The second Android can sync with outlook canlendar and contacts, microsoft is gone.
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.
Heh, so i have a car charger and a home charger now. Can’t imagine what an extended battery would look like on DroidX.