As we all know, Android is now the fastest growing operating system in the world. The reasons for this are numerous and diverse, but simply stem from the fact that people want a highly customizable platform, with access to tons of great apps, on a wide variety of awesome phones. Android has simply delivered a better mobile experience than any of the competitors out there. While Apple has had a strong showing thus far, and was the first out of the gate, so to speak, it is now in decline. Consumers are losing interest in Apple, and are opting for Android.

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The savvy folks over at Icrossing have done their due diligence, and created an awesome infographic detailing the rise of Android, and the drop in Apple, and the significant decline in Nokia’s Symbia OS.

Icrossing had this to say:

“In many of the developed markets Google’s Android has made impressive gains in the last 12 months, often at the expense of Apple’s iOS. For example in the USA Apple’s market share has dropped from 53% 12 months ago to 35% today, while Google’s Android has gone from 12% to 27%. In the UK we see a similar picture with Apple dropping from 55% to 42% and Android gaining 10% during the same period.”

Their detailed analysis had some other wonderful news for Android lovers like, “what is certain is that Apple has lost market share in the majority of developed markets over the last 12 months as new devices have entered the market and competition has increased.”

Another cool piece of information gleaned from this particularly awesome infographic is about South-Korea. Long known to be one of the most technologically advanced nations on the planet, and home to the world’s fastest, cheapest broadband connections, Android has an adoption rate of 84%. Being that the South-Korean’s are some of the savviest phone shoppers on the planet, we have to say that this particular metric bodes very well for Android indeed. Let’s also not forget that two tech giants reside there, being of course Samsung and LG.

Undoubtedly, the future is bright for Android. With tons of great dual core phones being released in 2011, Android Honeycomb on numerous high-specced tablets, and a few updates to Android itself coming, we can all rest easy that Android will only continue to get better in every single imaginable way.

In particular it’s interesting to see how Nokia still dominates certain parts of the developing world. Huge portions of the population will soon get a chance to have Android in their hands for the first time, and once that happens, well, good-bye Nokia!

What do you think? Is there anything that could slow down the mass-adoption of Android worldwide? According to our sources, daily Android activations are getting closer and closer to 400,000 as every day passes.

Thanks Icrossing!

Darcy LaCouvee
Darcy is the editor in chief at Android Authority. He follows the latest trends and is extremely passionate about mobile technology. With a keen eye for spotting emerging trends and reporting them, he works hard to bring you the best analysis, updates, and reports on all things Android. Darcy lives and breathes the latest mobile technology, and believes Android will be on a billion devices in the not too distant future.