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Android has become the world’s best-selling mobile telephony platform according to research firm Canalys. As of February 2012, over 300 million Android devices were in use. According to Google, every day, more than 700,000 Android devices are activated worldwide with 21 OEMs in 48 countries and 59 operators.

Android took a major step by reaching 500,000 applications in October 2011 and it only took 3 years to reach the milestone. Android Market is now the second largest app store with over 550,000 apps surpassing BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7 Marketplace and Nokia’s OVI store which are far behind Apple and Android. Android Market recorded more than 10 billion app downloads in December 2011.

The Android Market made its debut in October 2008 with only 34 applications and 9 games. It suddenly experienced a surge in the applications available with a whopping 500% increase in just under a year. Google is just behind Apple in mobile apps with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad users having access to over 500,000 iOS-based apps through the iTunes App Store. Apple’s App Store launched in July 2008 and managed to hit 100,000 in just over 16 months, several months after reaching 1.5 billion downloads.

Apple currently allows developers to sell apps through its App Store in 100 countries. Android Market is available in 46 countries and Blackberry is available in 65 markets with support for 6 languages.

Android entered the smartphone operating system industry a few years ago with the release of the T-Mobile G1 and it has paid off with many phone makers like Motorola, Sony Ericsson and Samsung joining the movement. Android has gained a large market share in the first year after its release.

Outlook

According to a latest market research report, by 2013, smartphones will increase to more than 27% of worldwide shipments, with the proportion in some developed markets in Western Europe exceeding 60% and 48% in South America. North. Recent and upcoming launches of new operating systems for smartphones, including iOS4, Blackberry OS 6, Symbian 3 and 4, and Windows Phone 7, will help maintain the current trend of strong growth in the smartphone industry, but the share The global market will always revolve around these four keys. suppliers.

Smartphone makers such as Samsung, Sony Ericsson, LG and Motorola will use the Android platform for their new budget devices that will help Android achieve number one status in North America.

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