Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 29th Mar 2010 09:48 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless There are various trains of thought regarding Apple suing HTC, and one of them is that Apple feels threatened by Android's rise in popularity. Some laughed this away, but when you look at recent statistics regarding mobile web usage, it becomes pretty clear Apple has every reason to feel threatened by Google's mobile operating system.
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RE: Comment by Nycran
by ricegf on Mon 29th Mar 2010 10:31 UTC in reply to "Comment by Nycran"
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Sales figures aren't that encouraging for Apple, either, I'm afraid - they are stagnant in the US with about a 25% share, far behind RIM Blackberry's 40%. Android is growing rapidly here, though, already past 7%.

Worldwide,Nokia leads with around a 50% share, almost all of it Symbian based. RIM holds second place with 20%, showing decent growth year over year. iPhone is third with around 15% and also growing nicely. Android Linux exploded from nothing to 4% this past year, though, growing 250% per *quarter*.

By 2012, multiple analysts (IDC and Gartner) project that Symbian will retain overall world market leadership, with Android leaping to second place and RIM holding a solid third. iPhone and Windows will fight it out for 4th and 5th place.

So while iPhone shows market stability in the US and healthy growth internationally, it's Android that has the bulk of momentum in both. Hence, Apple's concern.

Some light reading for people who, like me, are way too interested in market share figures. ;-)




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