Android freight train keeps rolling despite Verizon IPhone, but there is still a long way to go

by Robert Nazarian on
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The U.S. figures for February were recently released by comScore, one of the leaders in measuring the digital world. Verizon Wireless launched the IPhone on February 10th and Google’s Android continued to roll over the competition even though everyone and their brother thought the marriage of Verizon and Apple would be huge.

According to comScore there were 69.5 million smartphone owners in the U.S. during the three months ending February 2011. That is up 13 percent from the proceeding three-month period. Android’s market share grew 7.0 percent since November 2010 to bring its total market share to 33.0 percent. RIM came in second with a 28.9 percent share followed by Apple with 25.2 percent. Microsoft was 7.7 percent and Palm finished at 2.8 percent. Although RIM is in second place, their market share dropped 4.6% since November 2010. This is not a good trend for RIM.

Apple’s market share increased by a measly .20 percent and you would expect that the Verizon launch of the IPhone would have given Apple a bigger boost. Interestingly enough, Verizon stated that the IPhone was their biggest launch ever, and according to comScore, the Verizon IPhone was the most acquired handset for the month of February. Unfortunately I think it is too soon for Android fans to start celebrating because there is a long way to go.

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Mass lawsuit targets Google, RIM, Apple, HTC and 28 others

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We’ve seen sweeping patents before, but this may be the first one of this magnitude. According to the patent being defended:

A software platform in an Internet Protocol (IP) phone having the ability to be used with different communication infrastructures such as broadband, wireless communication and Plain Old Telephone System (POTS) service. Further, the software platform in the IP phone has the ability to be used with different applications operating on the IP phone. Further, the IP phone has the ability to perform additional functionality than traditional Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) phones, such as searches and advertising, given its ability to converge voice and data within a single terminal.

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Android domination of Apple will continue to widen through 2016

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The global smartphone market will double in size by 2016 and Android will destroy all competition, including Apple. Apple will be the closest competitor, but it won’t be close. According to Ovum, which provides clients with independent and objective analysis to enable them to make better business and technology decisions, Apple will be 20.5% behind Android.

Ovum expects shipments of smartphones to be 653 million by 2016 with a compounded annual growth rate of 14.5%. Ovum principal analyst Adam Leach said,“The smartphone market will see significant growth over the next five years, once again outperforming the wider mobile phone market. We will see dramatic shifts in dominance for smartphone software platforms, with Android storming into the lead with 38% market share, compared to Apple iOS’ 17.5%, by 2016.”

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“If you don’t have an iPhone, you don’t have…wait? What? They DO have that?”

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I’m sure many of you have seen Apple’s newest ad campaign, “If you don’t have an iPhone, well, you don’t have an iPhone.” While watching these commercials I’m sure many of you have been distressed about the fact that you don’t have the iBook application and are therefore unable to read any sort of literature, appalled by the fact that you don’t have an iPod in your phone and are unable to listen to music or make playlists, and completely dumbfounded about having a phone without an App Store filled with fart apps that are “high quality.” In fact, I’m amazed that my phone can do all of these things that it can’t.  Youtube user mmace is apparently as stunned as I am as he even made a video about it. Mmace is requesting Android users to post their videos about all things Android can do (but can’t).

[via androidcentral]

Motorola replacing Android with own Web-based OS?

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A new article put out by informationweek suggests that Motorola may be working on a new ‘web-based’ operating system of their own rather than continuing on with Android OS for their mobile devices. The article points out that Motorola has been on a ‘hiring spree’ so to speak bringing on employees with a significant amount of experience in software engineering and development. To name a few included in that list of recent hires are Gilles Drieu, VP of software engineering at Motorola Mobility, Benoit Marchant, director of engineering at Motorola Mobility, and Sean Kranzberg, also a director of engineering at Motorola Mobility.

Of note, Gilles Drieu was the head of Apple’s rich media and applications group, who had left Apple last Spring 2010. Others have been hired from Apple and Adobe as well, which lends itself to the theory that Motorola is looking to develop it’s own OS rather than rely so heavily on Google’s Android.

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Amazon Appstore Results in Lawsuit from Apple

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Amazon launched its Android Appstore today, giving Android owners another avenue for purchasing/downloading apps. While the pros and cons of this third-party market solution can be debated (and likely will) at great length, here’s something we didn’t see coming, although we probably should have: Apple is breaking out the gavel, crying “foul.”
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Android will dominate Apple in the tablet war

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The media seems convinced that Android tablets will not be able to keep up with the IPad. One article even refers to them as dead on arrival. After seeing the success of the Android OS in mobile, it is clear that it is only a matter of time before Android will dominate Apple in the tablet war.

Lets review how it all went down with the phones. Google’s first Android phone, the G1, debuted in late 2008. Anybody looking back in the summer of 2009 would probably say that it was not looking good for Android’s chances in putting a dent into the IPhone market share. The software was still young, needed work, and it did not have the backing of a major carrier. Flash forward to November 2009 when the Droid debuted with Android 2.0 Eclair on Verizon Wireless. About 1 year later the reports were showing that the Android OS had topped Apple’s IOS in the US and in many other parts of the world. How did they do it? They did it with multiple manufacturers blitzing the market with a tremendous amount of support from Verizon Wireless with the Droid brand.

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US Defense Contractors Recruit Android For Military Assisted Apps

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You know you’re doing something right with your mobile platform when the US military is interested in the OS for combative purposes.  US Defense contractors have approached Google’s Android to be one of multiple OS’s (other being iOS) to utilize various applications for integration with military operations.  Harris Corp currently has an application in the works for tablets that will allow soldiers to regulate IP cameras in UAV’s, supplying intelligence to respective command centers throughout the world.

In conjunction with Harris Corp, Intelligent Software Solutions is currently working on providing detailed military oriented mapping, combined with an application for geolocation functionality and the ability to supply other troops with real time information of the surrounding area.   Furthermore, with such applications in the works, the cost of training a soldier will be kept to a minimum as most of them are familiar with Android and iOS.  We imagine the military will ensure these devices are kept rugged, durable and able to withstand a number of tests in the field, much like the GD300.  Previous devices were brawny enough, running at $10,000 per device.  So, we’re sure these new devices will be slightly pleasant on the budget.  And if one is forced to, I’m sure they’ll be less reluctant when it comes to disposing an Android device that ran them a few hundred bucks over the device that sat at the ten grand mark.  You do the math.

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Android dominates iOS in browser speeds – research study results

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An independent research was conducted by Blaze where they tested the browsing speed capabilities and differences between Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android OS. Both testing was done specifically with iOS 4.2 and 4.3, as well as Android 2.2 and 2.3 respectively, so they got the 2 latest versions of the software pitted against each other. The results are a little staggering actually, as Android came out on top on most sites, both mobile versions and regular webpages, beating Apple iOS built in browser by 52% faster speeds in loading times, and an average of 84% of the websites tested loaded faster in Android than iOS.

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Samsung launches Galaxy Tab commercial day before Apple launch

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Samsung has some nerve, putting an ad up for the Galaxy Tab in the wake of the release of the Apple iPad 2, and shortly after the launch of the Motorola Xoom. You know what though…good for Samsung! With the upcoming launch of their 8.9inch tablet, and the soon to be released 10.1 inch tab, doing a commercial for the Galaxy Tab as a whole is probably a wise decision to keep people thinking about Samsung instead of everyone else.

Even though the commercial doesn’t specify, the 7 inch Galaxy Tab is on pretty cheap right now, for $249 in most markets, so have a look at the video below and let us know what you think…should you hold out for a Galaxy Tab? Or go with…the ‘other guys’?

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