Android ruled 2010, but 2011 gains may be harder to come by

Android ruled 2010, but 2011 gains may be harder to come by

Summary: Android took over the mobile landscape. However, 2011 may tell a more interesting tale.

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Google's Android was the story of 2010 as the mobile operating system became the largest smartphone platform, according to data from Canalys.

Here's the breakdown via Canalys:

Hard to argue with those statistics. Android took over the mobile landscape. However, 2011 may tell a more interesting tale.

A few items noted by Canalys:

  • Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 shipped too late to make it into the fourth quarter recap. If you assume that Microsoft sold anything that'll move the needle somewhat.
  • Verizon is getting the iPhone. That move should meaningfully move Apple up the charts perhaps at Android's expense.
  • However, Android is going to AT&T too.

In other words, 2010 was clearly the year of Android. In 2011, future gains will be harder to come by.

Topics: Smartphones, Android, Google, Hardware, Mobility

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  • RE: Android ruled 2010, but 2011 gains may be harder to come by

    About the chart. Vendor? The only one I see providing licenses for compensation is Microsoft.

    OS Writers or Maintainers might be more accurate.
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  • Honeycomb tells the tale...

    When honeycomb hits with the 130 tabs that are coming to market this year, Android will skyrocket and garner another 15% of market share.
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  • RE: Android ruled 2010, but 2011 gains may be harder to come by

    I've come to expect zdn to do a little more than tell us the 'bleedin obvious', but I guess I can forgive the occasional lapse. <br><br>OF COURSE growth will slow; what is up for grabs is the RATE of growth.<br><br>You can't 'assume' serious growth from MS7; we need the facts. Plus we don't yet know how quickly the other OSs (Crackberry, HP and Nokia) will fall away.<br><br>What is for sure is that Android will continue to grow for a while yet. And Apple will stay steady.

    As for tabs - I don't disagree with Cyberslammer3, but I hope and expect the smartphone/tab markets will be viewed separately.
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