Saturday, November 6, 2010

Android Experiences Record Growth

A new report from NPD sees Blackberry dethroned as the most popular commercial mobile operating system for the first time since 2007. The NPD Group, which researches the commercial wireless market, announced the results of its Q2 wireless research, and the clear leader was the Android operating system.

According to the research, one in every three commercial smartphones activated in the US last quarter was Android powered. The top five Android phones purchased were the Motorola Droid, the HTC Droid Incredible, the HTC EVO 4G, the HTC Hero, and the HTC Droid Eris.

Research In Motion’s operating system fell to second for the first time since Q4 2007. RIM accounted for 28 percent of commercial smartphones activated in Q2 2010. iOS accounted for 22 percent. Verizon Wireless maintained its lead in the carrier market with 33 percent, followed by AT&T with 25 percent. Sprint and T-Mobile held 12 percent and 11 percent, respectively. NPD’s numbers are based on consumers age 18 and older. The research did not factor in enterprise/corporate purchases.

Meanwhile, international smartphone trend reporting firm Canalys released its Q2 2010 report highlighting the growth of Android compared to the previous year and the continued success of Nokia, though the competition is closing the gap.

From Q2 2009, Android deployments rose worldwide by a staggering 886 percent. Canalys VP and Principal Analyst Chris Jones said that this spike was largely due to carrier promotions and increased adoption by hardware vendors, such as HTC and Motorola.

Source of Information : Website Magazine November 2010

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