Android gains traction in the mobile OS game
In a recent report, Nielsen showed that Android is moving in on RIM and Apple fast in the race for the #1 spot in smartphone OS share. Android's got almost 26%, RIM just barely over 26% and Apple's just shy of 29% - a good start. Also interesting is the share among recent acquirers, where Android beats Apple and RIM by a wide margin.
Now the graph above just shows a 6 month period, but considering the holidays aren't included, that's a pretty good return Google's seeing on their purchase of Android in 2005. What's also interesting is the numbers Flixster, who have a movie-related app in most mobile OS-es, shared with Techcrunch about downloads of their app through Christmas:
iOS on the iPhone and iPad combined got about 60% of total downloads, with Android confortably getting 30%. In essence, that's a good number, but considering that Android unofficially topped Apple in number of handsets activated a day, I think we can do better. I guess all those fart apps for iPhones are paying off for Apple this time around.
This one example does of course not tell a reliable story overall, but it's a start show that Android is getting some serious interest. However, Wirefly released their list of the top sold cell phones (not smartphones) yesterday to reveal that 9/10 were Android powered (they don't sell the iPhone, so it's safe to assume it'd be 8/10 otherwise) - a clear indication that people are going for smartphones more and more and that Android is their top choice. I'd be interested to see some more concrete numbers on holiday sales but I'm sure they'll confirm that Android is advancing ever further in the mobile game.
Pictures: NielsenWire, Techcrunch