Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 10th May 2010 14:55 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless When Apple sued HTC, and targeted Android specifically (news which came out of the blue), many people, including myself, were convinced this was Apple letting the world know they were afraid of Android's rising popularity. This notion was laughed away by many an Apple fan, but it turns out that this is most likely far closer to reality than many dare to admit: in the first quarter of 2010, Android conquered the number two market share spot from the iPhone in the US - and by a wide margin too. Update: Added a graph which better shows the trend.
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Market forces
by JeffS on Mon 10th May 2010 18:48 UTC
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Regardless of how anybody interprets the statistics about market share, the simple fact remains that Android is growing rapidly. This current market share stat linked by the article shows it already has a larger market share than iPhone.

The fact that Android runs on multiple devices from multiple OEMs and on multiple carriers puts it at a huge advantage over iPhone, in terms of growth potential and long term market share.

Also, Android's more open sdk, less draconian restrictions, and support of multiple technologies (like Flash), will mean ultimately Android will gain greater developer mind share over iPhone/iPad. Plus, Android uses Java (almost) clone Davlik. There are way more Java developers than Objective-C developers.

Nonetheless, Apple will still sell boat-loads of iPhones and iPads, and make boat-loads of money.

It's just that Android will be bigger.

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