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Android: We're Number One!

Feb 04, 2011, 03:03 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Craig Mathias)

"You have probably heard by now, as reported in the WSJ, that findings from market researcher Canalys placed Android sales in the fourth quarter of last year as the clear #1 handset OS, ahead of perennial-leader-because-Nokia-ships-it-in-just-about-everything-but-now-on-permanent-decline Symbian, as well as Apple and RIM, in that order. What is very significant is that Android shipments were just about double Apple and RIM (each), and regardless greater than the two of them combined! And it's going to stay this way until another Linux-based OS comes along to challenge Android, which can indeed still happen. Nonetheless, I and a few other analysts have been predicting that Android would reach the top, and quickly, so no surprise here. Why? Well, you've seen this exact same scenario before, as follows.

"In the beginning, there was DOS. It was a piece of crap, but few really knew that because hardly any users knew what an OS was, and fewer cared. Apple changed the game with the Mac, and should have grabbed the top slot. But they didn't, because (a) the Mac was simply too expensive for most, and (b) DOS and then various flavors of Windows (from the "Winshell" versions up through 3.1, through 95/98 and into today's modern (let's give them the benefit of the doubt for the moment) XP and 7) ran on far more products than Apple."

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