So of course I am adding to this clutter of information with my post this morning but I hope to distill down some of the information into easy-to-consume pieces of information and provide you with a list of recommended reading. What a helpful teacher I am :)As I was browsing through 500+ new stories that have been gratefully placed into my RSS news reader overnight it was difficult not to notice a prolific amount of information about the rise of Android as the dominant smartphone operating system (OS).
The last time I reported on Android vs iPhone marketshare it was in April and Android was just ahead with 28% to Apple’s 26%.
Brian Fella from Digital Ministry has retraced the steps of 2010 and pulled out some key highlights:
- 2010 was Year of the Apple product but in the last year, Apple doubled the number of applications in their store but Android grew six-fold
- There has been 886% global growth in Android smartphone uptake
- Companies who have invested in apps for the Android smartphone market are reaping the benefits now as the platform grows
- Apple’s biggest rival, Samsung, is now holding the number two spot in both mobile and smartphone market share – it is believed that Apple could be at risk of losing their #1 spot if they can’t keep up with demand when the iPhone5 releases later this year as Samsung will go head to head with the release of its Galaxy S II handset
- In Q2 of 2011 there are now 365 million smartphones globally, according to market research firm IDC
- Apple has overtaken Nokia as the world’s preferred smartphone vendor (the bulk of Nokia’s mobile revenue comes from its inexpensive mobile phones worldwide. Sales of “normal mobiles” were down 16% in the last year) but Nokia retains its supremacy as the top mobile vendor in the world (for the time being)
- Chris Foresman reminds us that Samsung is still the world’s #2 mobile vendor, despite an increase of 10% in shipments and LG is ranked #3 but has seen a 19% drop in sales over the same period
- This is compared with Apple’s 142% growth, bringing it within 1 point of LG’s #3 place “If current trends hold, Apple could become the number three mobile phone vendor in just over four years.”
- Google’s Android operating system (OS) has the largest share of the U.S. consumer smartphone market with 39 %. Apple’s iOS is #2 with 28%, while RIM Blackberry is down to 20%
- Apple is the only smartphone manufacturer of the iOS operating system and a clear #1 in the US
- HTC has about 14% of the smartphone market and Motorola has about 11% of the Android OS market while Samsung is about 8%