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Android OS is top dog according to Millennial Media’s Mobile Mix Report

Mobile advertising platform company Millennial Media has just released their Mobile Mix Report for Q1 that includes data on mobile devices, manufacturers and operating systems as well as global technological trends. According to the report, Android is the leading operating system today. This news comes as no surprise given the fact that the Android OS comprises of 59% of smartphone market share.

What is also interesting is that the original Samsung Galaxy Tab appears to have the number two spot in tablets, beating out Amazon’s Kindle Fire and coming in behind Apple’s iPad. The report appears to be measuring advertisement activity within the devices to assess trends among each category. Being that Google is the king of ads, we can see how the Galaxy Tab, having been around for a good bit, would be at the top of the tablet category.

Other honorable mentions include Samsung being the number two manufacturer and mobile gaming saw an increase of 10% from last year. Hit the source link below for more details on this unique collection of data.

source: millennialmedia

Android ‘Key Lime Pie’ to Follow After Jelly Bean?

It may be the weekend but you didn’t expect the rumors to take a break, did you? Get ready for this, because a source close to The Verge is claiming that they in fact know the name of Google’s OS to follow after Jelly Bean. You’re probably wondering how reliable this source may be, but apparently this is the same source to out Jelly Bean well before it was publicly known. Although no release date or version number was mentioned, Key Lime Pie, or KLP as you may decide to call it, is being rumored as Google’s upcoming-upcoming operating system. Obviously this is to be taken with a grain handful of salt, but what better to do on a Sunday afternoon then spread a little gossip?

Sure it seems a bit early to be throwing around future OS names when we still haven’t gotten official conformation from Google about JB. Nonetheless, I wanted to pass this on because I am just dying to hear what you guys have to say. Tell me all about it in the comments below! :-D

source: The Verge



Android 2.3 Gingerbread Running on 58% of Android Devices


Every two weeks Google releases the Android distribution numbers to the masses.  The biweekly survey reports what version of Android that a device is running when it accesses the Market.  Developers should note that a whopping 58 percent of devices are now running Android 2.3 Gingerbread.  This is especially important in determining which software version to prioritize when creating or updating applications.  Android 3.0 Honeycomb is currently at 3.4 percent, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is only at 1 percent.  It seems it will be a little while before they share in Android world domination.

In November of 2011, only 44 percent of devices were running Gingerbread.  What caused this large increase in a relatively short amount of time?  Perhaps a shiny new Android was the go-to gift during the holiday rush.  What do you think?

source: Google

Global Smartphone Shipments Prove That Android is Still King

Horace Dediu, the man behind ASYMCO, has recently compiled another fact filled market analysis of the mobile device marketplace. In his latest endeavor, Dediu examines the smartphone market and breaks it down into easy to read charts and percentages, giving an estimate of the smartphone market as a subset of the overall phone market.

The smartphone market has now reached over 30% of shipments. Non-smart devices are at 69% of total. The individual phone platform shares are as follows:

  1. Android (and Android-like): 17.6%
  2. iOS (iPhone only) 4.4%
  3. Nokia Symbian: 4.3%
  4. BlackBerry: 2.76%
  5. Bada: 1%
  6. Windows Phone 0.5%

During his research, Dediu also examined the growth of each individual operating system and determined that Android has truly taken the lead over its competitors. Keep in mind that these numbers reflect units shipped and not units sold. Either way, the substantial growth of shipments should be a direct reflection of supply and demand, right? Check out these figures and tell me Android isn’t killing it. To see Dediu’s full report, hit the ASYMCO source link below.

Android (and Android-like) shipments ballooned to nearly 70 million but sell-through could be about 10 million less. Nearly one in five phones sold is now powered by an Android variant. A remarkable story since the share was zero less than three years ago.

[via ASYMCO, DroidLife]


Android 2.3 Gingerbread is Now on 44 Percent of Android Devices

Google has recently released its latest Android distribution figures, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread is now on  43.9 percent of all Android devices, almost 5 percent more than last month.

This is the first time we have seen Gingerbread on more devices than Android 2.2 Froyo, which has dropped about 5 percent from last months 45.3 percent to this months 40.7 percent.

The data was harvested based on the number of Android devices which accessed the Android Market over a two-week period that ended on 3 November. If you want to see the full details from the report, hit the link below.

Which OS is your Android Device running on?

[via Google]

Confirmed: Nook 2 arrives Nov. 7 – Barnes & Nobel to Add In-Store “Nook Boutique”

Barnes & Noble’s Nook line of eBook’s have been fairly popular with consumers, not only as a digital book but as an affordable tablet capable of running the Android OS. Sources say that the newest version of the device, the Nook 2, will beat Amazon’s Kindle Fire to market and will arrive in stores on November 7th. Along with the new unit, Barnes & Noble is said to revamp their stores adding a new “Nook Boutique” equipped with the latest technology and updated marketing materials. Leaks suggest that the new Nook section will be laden with LED TV’s and numerous working Nook display models giving the customer the opportunity to try out the device and make a purchase right on the spot.

Sources close to The Digital Reader say they have confirmed all but price and specs on the new unit, the store re-model and device landing are scheduled for November 7th. With no confirmed hardware details you can expect the Nook 2 to be relatively un-upgraded in order to keep price low and compete with the Kindle Fire. While it could have a slightly improved display or moderately improved processor, I wouldn’t expect any earth shattering specs here. The competition eBook’s would reflect that being lighter, thinner and a lower price point is the way to a customers heart. The possibility for root and Android goodness doesn’t hurt either!

[via The Digital Reader]

Clues Implicate Nexus Prime In Samsung’s Unpacked Event At CTIA

Clues may have surfaced about the device Samsung will showcase for their Unpacked event at the CTIA next month and the prime suspect seems to be the Nexus Prime. Check out this image of finalists from the CTIA 2011 Hot for the Holidays Awards and notice especially the “Gamer & Entertainment Enthusiast” category where “a product to be announced from Samsung” is cryptically listed. Let’s now consider that the event takes place on October 11th, the same month as the rumored release of Ice Cream Sandwich, the very Android OS that the next Nexus device will run and of which will pack a very gamer-friendly 4.65-inch display (720p HD resolution) and 1.5 GHz dual core processor.

Do we have winner? Maybe, although these details hardly amount to a smoking gun. What do you think?

[via maplesyrup]

Android beats out Blackberry in web traffic for first time

Recently Nielson and ComScore declared Android the number 1 OS in terms of marketshare. Today, web analytics company “StatCounter” says Google’s Android overtook Rim’s Blackberry in web traffic this past February. Android recorded 15.2% worldwide, while Blackberry came in at 14.5%. Nokia’s Symbian and Apple’s iOS still leads with 30.7% and 24.6% respectively.

For the US, Android came in at 26.4% while Blackberry was 22.2%. IOS still leads with 37.5%. Symbian is not even in the conversation at 5.7%

StatCounter also says that the use of mobile to access the internet compared to desktop has more then doubled to 4.5% from 1.72%  worldwide. In the US, however, the trend is the same – but higher. This year it is 6.32%, as opposed to 2.59% last year.

They go on to say:

The momentum is certainly with Android which has almost tripled its market share over the last 12 months from 5.4% to 15.2%,” commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter. In the same period iOS fell globally from 33.9% to 24.6%.

The train keeps rolling for Google’s Android… it will be interesting to see where things at the end of 2011.

[via StatCounter]

Android OS dominates Western Europe

According to IDC’s European Mobile Phone Tracker, Android devices grew 1,580% to 7.9 million units for year-end 2010. For 2009, it was a mere 470 thousand units.

For the 4th quarter 2010 overall total units rose 3.2% to 58.7 million units. Smartphones in general rose 25.6 million units (99.4%), whereas feature phones declined 33.1 million (24.8%).

The big reason for the rise in smartphones? How about the strong promotional offers and sales discounts in the 4th quarter? The most advertised phones were:

  • HTC
  • Sony Ericsson
  • Samsung
  • Apple

Apple’s IOS grew a mere 66% and Windows Phone increased by 7.18%.

“The last quarter of 2010 clearly shows the trends for the coming years in Western Europe. The Western European mobile phone market will be dominated by smartphones, and Android will be the king of the hill,” said Francisco Jeronimo, European mobile devices research manager, IDC. “Android surged from 4% to 31% market share in less than a year to become the market leader in 4Q10 and the fastest growing operating system ever. IDC estimates at that Android will grow at a 37% compound annual growth rate between 2010 and 2015 in Western Europe, overtaking the overall market growth in the period and that of its direct competitor, the iOS from Apple.

Nokia still retains leadership, but only slightly. Shipments dropped 19.6 million units and its market share dropped to 33% for the the 4th quarter 2010.

You can see the full press release at the source link.

[via IDC]