Android dominates U.S. Smartphone OS Network

According to June date from Nielsen, Android(despite mounting legal challenges) has claimed the top spot in the U.S. smartphone OS market. Figures have it as:

  1. Google Android comprising 39% of the market, i.e on about four out of every 10 smartphones sold in the U.S.
  2. Apple iOS a distant second at 28%,
  3. RIM BlackBerry OS, dragging its feet at 20%,
  4. Windows Phone 7 at 9% and
  5. HP WebOS and Symbian (both at 2%).

This should not surprise Nokia owners, given what seems like the gloomy lack of Nokia smartphones in US.

Few interesting tidbits:  

  • Android moved up to 39% from 29% between November and January, a rise that has come at the expense of BlackBerry, which fell from 27% to 20% over the same period.
  • Apple’s iOS has grown 1% since November to January period. Meanwhile, Windows Phone 7 and Windows Mobile lost a point over the same period, falling from 10 to 9 percent.

Simply put, that’s a reflection of the fact that Apple is the only outfit churning out iOS devices, whereas a bevy of companies led by HTC, Motorola, and Samsung have helped make Android the dominant OS in US. And now that Google owns Motorola, they’ll be able to do even more to innovate and advance the Android platform to deliver outstanding mobility solutions across mobile devices. Motorola Mobility’s total commitment (bet its future in the mobile devices market by going full Android as one of the earliest supporters and helped kick start the momentum for the OS with the Droid handset launch) to Android created a natural fit for two companies. Together, they’ll able to create amazing user experiences that supercharge the entire Android ecosystem for the benefit of consumers, partners and developers.

This is a shocking turn for the fast-growing Android ecosystem, which was built off of Google’s operating system but did not include any actual hardware built by the company. Soon Google will have a hardware platform that it controls and could offer the sort of integrated hardware-OS package that Apple is famous for. However, vision for Android is unchanged and Google remains firmly committed to Android as an open platform and a vibrant open source community. And will continue to work with all valued Android partners to develop and distribute innovative Android-powered devices.

Here’s the other important part of the PR (why and what happens to Android now):

The acquisition of Motorola Mobility, will enable Google to supercharge the Android ecosystem and will enhance competition in mobile computing. Motorola Mobility will remain a licensee of Android and Android will remain open.

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On the hardware front, Apple takes the title of top manufacturer. RIM finds itself tied with HTC for manufacturing 20% of the smartphones. However, splitting up Android, HTC leads among Android manufacturers at 14%, trailed by Motorola at 11% and Samsung at 8%.  Others (LG, Sony Ericsson, Dell, Acer, Huawei, etc) get lumped together at 6%.

It’s interesting to see the list of top Android manufacturers because it’s composed of exactly the companies Apple is pursuing legally for patent infringement. Analyst Toni Sacconaghi wrote that Apple is looking to “upend” Android’s momentum and if it would have prevailed, it would have forced Android makers to undertake costly or difficult workarounds. That’s why Google acquiring Motorola makes sense, not only because of its strength in Android smartphones and devices, but also as a move to build up the company’s patent portfolio, as it will “enable it to better protect Android from anti-competitive threats from Microsoft, Apple and other companies”. Motorola holds approximately 14,600 granted patents and 6,700 pending patent applications, worldwide, as of January 2011. Motorola has a history of over 80 years of innovation in communications technology and products, and in the development of intellectual property, which have helped drive the remarkable revolution in mobile computing we are all enjoying today.

These results are all well and good, but they come right on the cusp of change. IDC has put out some big projections that have Android and Windows Phone 7 on top by 2015. But we will see how the legal battles play out, what kind of real oomph the fading Nokia brings to Windows Phone 7, and what kind of turnaround BlackBerry can muster. Also, next few months will be interesting to see how the landscape changes once iPhone 4S/5 and Galaxy S II line are released. Whether, it adds momentum to Android or saps it resulting in slowing down the Android Express.

Update: 2014/06/27 1 Billion monthly active Android users

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That take 93 million selfies a day that’s a hell lot. 31 million are duck faces.

Android L: All new UI with Material Design, New notifications, Battery saver, Do not disturb mode, and many more nifty features.

Seamless design everywhere on your watch, phone, tablet, laptop and TV.

Android Wear: All your Music, maps, notifications, pedometer, heart rate, Google Now, etc on your watch. Just love the Moto 360. Order a pizza or a car service in less than 20 secs from your wearable watch.

Android Auto: Fully voice enabled, Google Maps navigation, Google Music, Hangout Messages.

Android TV: Everything on your Android phone goes to your TV. Boom..Google Now Search on TV, did I tell you this is what I’ve always wanted.

Chromecast: Live phone screen mirroring on TV…Yay.

Google Fit: All your health data from applications visible in one app to give you a complete overview.

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By controlling hardware and software, Google is rewriting the Android Story and this can be easily considered most strategic masterstroke of Google ever.

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  1. Very interesting data, if this doesn’t shame iOS sheep, what else will. Most of them just buy what others are buying, instead of enjoying the freedom that Android gives in having a phone that works the way you want.


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