Google unveiled Android in 2007 and released the first ever Android device, HTC Dream, on 22nd October 2008, according to Wikipedia.com. Today, Android is one of the widely used operating systems for smartphones and tables. Let us see the year-by-year growth of Android.
Symbian was leading the mobile market until 2008. This year it had more than 52.4% markets share globally. The second company that had lead in the same year was Research In Motion with about 17 percent market share. Third was Microsoft’s Windows Mobile OS with 11.8 percent market share, according to Gartner’s findings.
We discovered more data for the year 2008. According to the findings of Canalys, this same year Android only had 0.5 market share. The beginning of Android OS had been rather slower.
Of course 2008 was not a very fantastic year for Android but experts had said that Android would outsell the iPhone. Google actually claimed this in the first quarter of 2008. The claim has now been realized.
It was a positive year for Google’s Android OS. The market share increased to 4.7 by the end of this year. In the same year, the market share of Apple’s iOS also increased. It was recorded as 15.1 % which was 5.5% higher as compared to last year. RIM also experienced growth of 4.3 percent; however, it was the year when Symbian’s market began to shrink. Symbian’s market share decreased to 5.2 percent in comparison of 2008.
Google’s influence was clearly visible in market. More and more companies had begun manufacturing Android based phones. Apart from HTC, companies like Samsung, Acer, Huawei, Motorola, Dell, LG, Sony Ericsson, and Philips have also begun manufacturing Android powered phones.
It was clear by the end of the year that in future the major smartphone players would be Google and Apple.
To be continued in next post… (Part – 2)
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