Android Takes 4th Spot From Microsoft In Smartphone Sales Overall

The momentum continues: Android has surpassed Microsoft on a global scale in terms of smartphone market share. Reuters reports that research firm Gartner shows Android became the 4th-biggest smartphone operating system in terms of market share, last quarter, on a worldwide scale.

While Android still has a long way to go to beat Nokia’s Symbian, RIM’s Blackberry, and Apple’s iPhone OS, this is still a major milestone: Android truly is the new Windows Mobile. Thanks to an open distribution model that allows any and all willing manufacturers to use Android how they like, many of the world’s top handset and embedded devices manufacturers are helping Android along to become the de-facto manufacturer-independent smartphone OS that Windows Mobile once was.

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In Q1, Android alone was responsible for 10% of all smartphone sales. They did this while beating out the iPhone that quarter in the US, and Gartner expects Android to catch up on a global scale soon (which is in tune with what venture capitalists out in Silicon Valley are expecting).

This is tremendous growth for an operating system that has had to fight an uphill battle against four major players from its slow and ambitious beginnings. I just can’t wait for the inevitable end-result that will directly impact the end-user: more apps, and more phones. Bring all of it on.

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  • http://cyberbulletin.wordpress.com/ Jouten

    Indeed!

    Skynet and Androids are the future!!

  • akil

    that’s what i been saying too, i love android but how long b4 it becomes skynet?……..lol

  • http://www.learcapital.com/exactprice Hal (GT)

    LOL I think it may already be Skynet.

    Which may be a great selling line for Microsoft.

    “We’re not Skynet.”

  • http://www.omgandroid.com OMG Android Application Tips

    Skynet wasn’t that bad.

    A few people survived.

  • Mark

    I can see it now, “we won’t be asking if you are Sarah Conner.”

  • Come to Papa

    Resistance is futile!

  • Brad

    Meh, Skynet. What are the phones going to do, radiate you to death? Now, if I start seeing tons of little green robots running through the streets shooting lasers…..yeah, I’d probably freak out.

  • aaron

    I just need to know where I can get that cool looking Android toy in the picture. No I don’t want the ones that are coming out soon in the UK. They look silly. I want the one above. It looks sweet! And how is it standing up with such stubby little legs? It must be floating… jet pack or anti-grav…

  • http://www.facebook.com/ron.saldanha Cyberdyne Systems Model 101

    Come with me if you want to live

    sent from my nexus one