Who makes the best mobile OS? Google by a landslide

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As voted upon by the Wall Street Journal community. If I didn’t know any better, I’d swear there was something up with these numbers, as I would expect a little closer of a poll. I mean Google eating Apple (no pun intended) is always nice to see, but even by this margin, it’s a little surprising.

Well you know what they say, 60% of statistics are made up on the spot.

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Adobe AIR 2.5 now available!

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Adobe announced at the Adobe MAX 2010 conference that Adobe Air 2.5 is now available! This software will be available for smartphones and tablets running Blackberry Tablet OS, iOS, and of course, Android. Adobe Air will also be able to run on desktops running on Windows, Macintosh and Linux operating systems as well as Samsung SmartTV devices.

Device manufacturers Acer, HTC, Motorola, RIM, Samsung and others are going to ship the AIR runtime pre-installed on a variety of devices including  smartphones and tablets later this year and early 2011.

Adobe AIR has certainly taken off in the Android community, with hundreds of apps already available in the Android Market that utilize AIR. Adobe AIR itself is currently ranked at 4.5/5 stars in the Android Market.

For a list of Android apps that use Adobe AIR, refer to an earlier article I wrote covering this.

Scan this QR code to download Adobe AIR 2.5 to your Android device:

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Developers betting on Android over iOS in the long run

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Citing a recent survey of 2,300 mobile application developers by Appcelerator and IDC, ComputerWorld is reporting that a majority of developers are putting their money on Android in the long run, even among those that are currently betting on Apple’s iOS in the short term.  Those surveyed are users of Appcelerator’s Titanium cross-platform compiler, which produces iOS and Android native applications using JavaScript, HTML and CSS.

Out of the group, 59% feel that Android has the best long-term outlook, compared to 35% for iOS. On the other hand, 75% of those asked feel that iOS has the best short-term benefits, based on the success of the iPhone, iPad, and the iPod touch.

Developers see Android as the safer bet in the future because of the multitude of devices which can utilize it. Apple’s iOS is limited to Apple products, whereas Android can be built into any device or platform by any manufacturer. For example. developers cited products like Google TV as being very appealing to work with in the future.

The survey also suggests that developers feel that Google and Apple will be the only real companies duking it out for tablet supremacy, with just 15% of developers expressing interest in Palm’s WebOS platform, and 14% for RIM’s Blackberry tablet OS.

[via ComputerWorld]

comScore reports Android market share only 7% behind Apple

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ComScore has released their latest data set from their MobiLens service today and they’re some pretty interesting numbers. These numbers represent the three month average period ending in July ’10 and compares them to the three month period ending April ’10. There’s a few numbers to look at here, so let’s look at the first set.

In the three month period ending in July ’10, there were 53.4 million smartphone users in the US. Let’s take a look at the percentage of the market share held by the various mobile operating systems:

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Gartner expects Android to become no. 2 worldwide mobile OS in 2010

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Last month, we reported that Android had moved past Apple to become the no. 3 mobile OS in the world, behind RIM and Symbian.  Well, a new report by the same company, Gartner, has revealed that Android is slated to dethrone RIM from their no. 2 spot by the end of this year, and is now creeping up on Symbian. In fact, if current trends continue, Android is expected to pass up Symbian to take the no. 1 spot by 2014.

Now, a lot can change in three years.  A new provider could emerge and sweep the global market, or we could see a comeback by RIM or Apple. However, as it stands, Android isn’t expected to slow down anytime soon.  Continue after the break for the full presser.

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Android continues Mobile OS share gains in August

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It seems that Android is continuing to increase their market share, at least according to numbers for Mobile Web Consumption for the month of August.  As seen in the graph posted above, Android continues to rise, while iOS and RIM both continue to fall.

The numbers also look good in the chart posted below, which measures changes for the month, quarter, and the entire year.  Now granted, these statistics are pulled from Mobile Web usage, not from actual vendor numbers, which will give a much better idea of how Android is continuing to fair in the Mobile OS market. Quantcast will have those figures next week, so stay tuned.

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Data Outages for Verizon and RIM in the Midwest

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In what can only seem like a nightmare, Verizon and RIM are having issues with data connections in parts of the Mid-West covering 3 states. This issue is only affecting the data connections and not the voice side but any outage when you rely on your device is a downfall.

An issue with one of RIM’s switches is also causing headaches for other carriers as well. I know we are all Android users here but some of us have the dreaded Blackberry for work as well. Have any of you Mid-Westerners experienced any troubles?

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The Blackpad will be an Android tablet?

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By now I’m sure you’ve all heard something about RIM’s forthcoming tablet commonly referred to as the Blackpad. What you may not have heard is that the device will be running an Android OS. That’s what manufacturer Quanta Computers is saying anyway. I don’t know about you but I’m gonna need to hear this one or two more times before I believe it.

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NPD Makes Statement on Behalf of Android: All Your Base Are Belong to Us

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If you haven’t been keeping up with the news lately; near 900% increases, and record setting sales, you can just take it from the NPD Group that android is doing pretty well. They just released an official statement that for the first time since late 2007, RIM (Blackberry) has been out sold in the United states as of Q2 2010. The exact numbers come out with Android claiming 33% of the sales, RIM getting 28%, and Apple getting just 22% of the pie. This is great news for Android , and puts a lot of pressure on RIM to ensure that Blackberry 6 is a run away success.

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Shipments of Android phones up 886%

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According to an analysis done by Canalys, which involved adding up the Q2 reports from smartphone carriers and manufacturers, the shipment of smartphones worldwide grew an amazing 64%. What’s better than that? How about the fact that Android shipments have risen by – I hope you’re sitting down – 886%. Come back to this article when your heart attack finishes.

According to their findings, Nokia is till in the lead in the mobile space, but the gap is quickly being filled in their 38% market share. Nokia’s smartphone shipments came in at a record-setting 23.8 million handsets in Q2, which is an increase of 41% from last year. RIM’s blackberry handsets also increased 41%, putting them at 18% market share, right in behind Symbian. Apple’s iPhone shipments were up 61%, which is slower that years passed, putting them at 13 % market share.

Then, there’s Android. Coming in at almost 900% growth. While we wouldn’t expect this rate to continue, it is quite easy to see how Android’s marketing and development is paying off. It wouldn’t be at all unreasonable to expect Android to take the lead into the top 3 in the next year or so.

[via intomobile]