1.3 Million Android Devices Activated Daily; Beats iOS MarketshareBY: Edward Domain | December 16, 2012
It’s official- the Android OS is now bigger than Apple’s iOS and the gap is only going to get bigger in 2012. All this reminds me of the 90s when Apple was without Steve Jobs and the company was at its nadir.
The problem had always been that even though Apple had an intuitive graphical user interface (GUI) and PCs had DOS, Bill Gates had shrewdly deduced that the software was the key, not the hardware. Microsoft licensed DOS (and later Windows) to PC makers and Windows became the dominant operating system in the world.
When Steve Jobs returned to Apple, he introduced the iMac and then the iPod, Macbook, Macbook Pro and finally the iPhone. Apple was back and the company has never been more popular.
Things are changing yet again in the ever cyclical tech world. We have lost Steve Jobs, and Apple’s iOS is only available on the iPhone, and the iPhone is made by Apple. This pleases hardcore Apple fans and new-comers to the phone alike. Now though, as illustrated in the infographic below, Google’s Android is now the #1 operating system for smartphones and as we roll into 2012 the gap will continue to get larger worldwide.
Android OS is available on multiple manufacturer’s handsets and the Samsung Galaxy SIII is currently the leader in the Droid market and easily matches the iPhone feature for feature and even beats it in a few areas0 like with its Near Field Communication (NFC) that allows pictures and videos to be shared from phone to phone just by bumping them together. In a way, Samsung is the Apple of the Droid market, with handset makers HTC and Motorola competing (and innovating) fiercely too.
Edward DomainEdward is the founder and CEO of Techli.com. He is a writer, U.S. Army veteran, serial entrepreneur and chronic early adopter. Having worked for startups in Silicon Valley and Chicago, he founded, grew and successfully exited his own previous startup and loves telling the stories of innovators. Email: [email protected] | @EdwardDomain
This is expected given that many phone makers use the Android platform and iOS is used exclusively by Apple.
Free Man I agree- I think Android is going to blow away iOS and become a dominant operating system as everything goes mobile