Android Takes OverJan 31st, 2011 | By Eli Johnson | Category: Technology and Science
From tablets to smartphones, Androids are taking over.
The Boston research company, Strategy Analytics, said that Google Inc.’s Adroid devices shipped 22 percent of tables in the last quarter of 2010, an dramatic increase from the 2.3 percent the previous quarter. Apple’s iPad dropped from 95 percent to 75 percent in the same time periods.
While Apple’s iPad has lost market share, they still have sold more than 14.8 million units worldwide, while the Android increased from 100,000 to 2.1 million units.
The future looks bright for Android devices, as Google assists manufacturers of tablets by providing the operating system free. Currently, Acer Inc., Samsung Electronics Co., and Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. are producing Android devices. More companies will likely take advantage of the Android operating system in the future.
Many Android tablets are coming in at a lower price than the Apple iPad, which will also likely erode Apple’s market share.
Google Androids 3.0 Honeycomb operating system will be announced on February 2. It is a tablet specific OS that will have many features built in, such as 3D Google Maps, YouTube for tablets, web browsing, tablet optimized gmail, and Google ebooks.
Android has also became the world’s best-selling operating system for smartphones last quarter, beating out Apple’s iPhone.