According to the research analysts Gartner, Android has successfully taken control of 25% of the world’s smartphones. This means that it now occupies the number two spot behind Symbian, but crucially for the Android fans, ahead of Apple’s iOS. This is great news for Android as an mobile OS, but the most revealing news comes from the overall sale of smartphones world wide.
There were allegedly 417 million units sold in the third quarter of 2010. In comparison to the third quarter of 2009, this is a 35% gain. This has massive consequences for entertainment in the mobile space, especially when combined with social gaming. It certainly seems as though 2011 will be the year the smartphone went mainstream and we’re bound to find a whole host of start-ups that make the most of that.