The momentum continues: Android has surpassed Microsoft on a global scale in terms of smartphone market share. Reuters reports that research firm Gartner shows Android became the 4th-biggest smartphone operating system in terms of market share, last quarter, on a worldwide scale.
While Android still has a long way to go to beat Nokia’s Symbian, RIM’s Blackberry, and Apple’s iPhone OS, this is still a major milestone: Android truly is the new Windows Mobile. Thanks to an open distribution model that allows any and all willing manufacturers to use Android how they like, many of the world’s top handset and embedded devices manufacturers are helping Android along to become the de-facto manufacturer-independent smartphone OS that Windows Mobile once was.
In Q1, Android alone was responsible for 10% of all smartphone sales. They did this while beating out the iPhone that quarter in the US, and Gartner expects Android to catch up on a global scale soon (which is in tune with what venture capitalists out in Silicon Valley are expecting).
This is tremendous growth for an operating system that has had to fight an uphill battle against four major players from its slow and ambitious beginnings. I just can’t wait for the inevitable end-result that will directly impact the end-user: more apps, and more phones. Bring all of it on.
What!?!?!?! No Froyo? No Android 2.2? No Flash? Sorry, folks, the first day of Google I/O is a slight snoozer as far as hard Android news is concerned. (Don’t worry, it’s coming on Thursday.)
But there are plenty of application developers and even some new hardware (new to you, anyway) here at Moscone West. So stay tuned. We still have tons of great stuff to bring you.
No, you’re not going crazy, we just did this on Sunday, but out of dedication, and to get back on the routine, here it is again folks. Without further ado, we bring you some more selections.
Sure, HTML5 is important and all — but let’s face it, most of us are more concerned with the end result. And one of the more impressive things we saw at this morning’s keynote was Sports Illustrated’s HTML5-based web version of its magazine. Let’s talk more about that after the break, and what it may well mean in the Android mobile space.
In a move that probably should have happened a while ago, AT&T just released their myWireless Mobile for Android devices (which is currently only the Motorola Backflip). The AT&T myWireless Mobile app allows users to keep track of their AT&T account by being able to view & pay the bill, view usage for minutes, data, and messaging, and even allows users to add or remove features. It’s pretty much the AT&T website re-packaged in a nice tidy mobile app. You’ll have to sign up for a myWireless account to take advantage of the app but we’d suggest you AT&T Android users do that, there’s nothing better than seeing how many Megabytes of data usage you can squeeze from them. [at&t via phonescoop]