Back in May 2010, Android was in fourth place behind Blackberry, iOS and Windows Mobile in the overall smartphone market of United States. By the mid of 2010, it surpassed Windows Mobile while overtaking Apple’s iOS by the end of the year. Now, it has finally snatched the lead in the big US market, crossing Blackberry OS right at the start of 2011. Blackberryf now has a US market share of 30.4% which is approximately 1% less than that of Google’s Android at 31.2%, making Android the most-used smartphone OS in America.
According to Google, over 350,000 Android devices are being activated every day with over 170 smartphone handsets and tablets which run the Android OS. This huge success is due to Google’s open / free Android licensing policy allowing all the handset manufacturing giants such as HTC, Samsung, Sony, Motorola and LG to use their OS in their latest phone models with complete liberty to further customize the OS.
LG, HTC, Samsung, Motorola, and dozens of other handset makers have jumped onto the Android bandwagon — and the ability to focus exclusively on the hardware allowed device manufacturers to start bringing phones to market much more quickly. In fact, the time it takes smartphones to go from concept to store shelves has been halved thanks to “Android’s law.”
Worldwide, Android beat BlackBerry last year, but it still trails Nokia’s Symbian OS, according to Gartner. Nokia recently announced that it would ditch Symbian, which has been rapidly losing market share, for Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS.
Nokia CEO Stephen Elop acknowledged that he had considered partnering with Google, but he said that Windows Phone offered more differentiation amid a sea of new Android devices.