According to the technology research company, Gartner, the Android OS will be powering 49.2% of all smartphones by the end of 2012. Manufacturers are expected to ship more than 630 million smartphone units in 2012, and the Android devices will account for about 310 million of those shipments.
This is an interesting development, but not surprising. The first Android running mobile phone came out in October 2008 with the release of the HTC Dream, which was marketed at the T-Mobile G1 in the United States. Although over a million of these phones were sold over the life of the G1, the reviews of the phone itself were mixed from reviewers and users alike. However, the main driver of Android’s fast proliferation is the Open Handset Alliance, which is a consortium of 80 businesses led by Google, and includes software companies, semiconductor and handset manufacturers, and mobile operators. This momentum has allowed this alliance to compete against other mobile operating systems from the other heavyweights such as Apple, Research in Motion, Symbian, and Windows Mobile.
The article goes on to say that Apple iOS will retain 2nd place with a distant 18.9% share, and will even take 3rd place by 2015, while Windows Mobile will rise to 19.5% with their recent partnership with the once dominant Nokia, who will be shuttering their Symbian OS.
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