Android’s success has been phenomenal over the past 2 years, and we all know it. It grew from a few percentage points market share to 30% in a year, and now it’s over 50% globally, which means out of 2 new smartphone sales, one of them is an Android device. But at some point this has to stop, right? It’s not like Android can keep growing forever. Or can it?
Well, obviously they can only grow so much out of a 100% market share, but I do think globally it will achieve more than 50%, and maybe even more than 60% in the next couple of years. The rest of the market would be split between iPhones and a bunch of other mobile operating systems, whether [...]
Kantar WorldPanel ComTech has recently unveiled the results of a survey they conducted. According to them, more than half the population of Great Britain is now a proud owner of a smartphone. And, on that topic, the logical question to ask is: which mobile OS is preferred, iOS or Android? Yep, you guessed it – the winner is Android.
The statistical company surveyed a total of 15,000 participants in Great Britian who had to report every 4 weeks to Kantar WorldPanel ComTech; whether they changed their phone, network or tariff. As the study learned, Android has an estimated 49.7% users. Compared to last year’s results, Android has risen by 12.7%.
On the other [...]
Before buying your own smartphone, what criteria do you use for choosing the right phone? Does it include having a wider screen and higher resolution? Does it include having the fastest processor on the market? Or what about battery power that lasts for more than a day? Most consumers focus their gaze on the phone’s specs but neglect to consider a very crucial and important criterion: security features.
In the battle of the best phones on the market, let’s now compare the security features of both Apple and Android devices which most consumers have overlooked.The Similarities
Let’s first tackle those security features where both mobile operating systems are on [...]
Android has had a very tough uphill battle with Apple over developers. This has been because of 2 reasons. One reason is that Apple had the headstart in both iPhone units and customer base, but also in the ecosystem. This made it so most new mobile developers would be naturally inclined to go with the iPhone ecosystem first. The more developers there were working for the iOS platform and more success stories appeared, the more wanted to join it.
The second reason was that Google hasn’t really cared about developers until more recently. In the first few years there were few Android units out there, definitely fewer than iPhones, but the Android Market was also [...]
I’m getting really tired of arguing against Net Marketshare stats. Every month they post the same type of hugely misleading stats. But this month they’ve really surpassed themselves in how much they are misleading people. There are so many things wrong with their stats, I barely know where to start.
Let’s start with the misleading tactic they keep using over and over again.1) Browser Usage vs Browser Units
If we were comparing just PC browsers, or just phone browsers, maybe I wouldn’t argue much against this, but even then, counting “browser usage’ or better said “time spent in a browser”, is really a pretty [...]
In a recent interview at Le Web Paris 2011, Eric Schmidt was asked why applications often release on iOS and then make their way into the Android Market. His answer? Complete smack talk. “My prediction is that six months from now, you’ll say the opposite,” Schimdt was quoted as saying. And, like any good debater, Schmidt did not just speak his mind and not give any background reasons. He believes that Android will take over because it is open. Therefore, more developers will be attracted to the platform for creating their applications. With tons of developers flocking to Android, and Ice Cream Sandwich already out, Eric Schmidt believes that 2012 will be [...]
Google has been taking over and expanding in many different ways recently. Google Offers, Books, and Reader have become very popular recently. However, all but Google Reader has truly come to the mobile platform. Therefore, Google has made it a goal to fix that. The recent rumors about a Flipboard competitor have finally come true. On Thursday, Google Currents went live in both the Android Market and the App Store. More specifically, the app is tablet and phone friendly. In addition, the app is completely free to download and, once inside of the app, all of the 150+ “editions” are absolutely free. Furthermore, Google has already added Forbes, CNet, AllThingsD, The [...]
I remember when years ago people were hoping that Linux would end Windows’ domination in the market place, especially with a crippled Apple at the beginning of last decade. Linux, an open source OS, was our last chance for that happening, at least back then. But Microsoft made sure nothing would be threatening their monopoly, and over the years they made deals in such a way that manufacturers were compelled to use Windows anyway. Add to that the fact that they’d rather turn a blind eye to the piracy in Asia and other poor countries, and have Windows on every machine there, than force them to choose the free Linux, and help Linux rise as a popular consumer OS, [...]
Remember back on September 20, 2008, when Android was first released? At the time, no one owned a single Android device. Now, Google says that over 550,000 new Android devices are activated every single day. Furthermore, a grand total of 200M+ Android devices exist in 137 countries, and in August of 2011, Canalys estimated that Android holds 48% of the smart phone market share.
But that was just the beginning for Google. By June of 2011, 6 billion applications were downloaded from the Market. In addition, “Android applications run in a sandbox, an isolated area of the operating system that does not have [...]