Android: The Leading OS In US Market

Finally, RIM’s Blackberry had to leave its number 1 spot of the leading OS in US smartphone market. Since, Q4 2007, RIM held the first spot but now Android took that position in this quarter (Q2 2010).


NPD’s latest survey reveals that Android took 33 percent of the smartphone purchased in Q2 2010, followed by RIM with 28 percent and Apple with 22 percent. Ross Rubin, executive director of industry analysis for NPD said,

“For the second consecutive quarter, Android handsets have shown strong but slowing sell-through market share gains among U.S. consumers… While the Google-developed OS took market share from RIM, Apple’s iOS saw a small gain this quarter on the strength of the iPhone 4 launch.”

The best seller Android device in US was Motorola Droid followed by HTC Incredible. The two brands who are behind Android’s success in US are Motorola and HTC. In Q3 2010 Android will get tough competition from Blackberry 6. It will be interesting to see whether Android keeps the first spot in Q3.


Android 2.1 In 50% Of All Android Phones

For the first time, Android 2.1 took more than 50% share in the leading Android OS version in the market. Android 2.1 is on 55.5% of all Android devices currently in the market.


Android 1.5 and Android 1.6 together sums up to 41% of all Android phones in the market (Android 1.5 with 18.9% and Android 1.6 with 22.1%). Android 2.2 made its mark as well with 3.3% share amongst all Android devices.

This graph will change soon during this quarter because many phones with Android 2.1 will be updated to Android 2.2 and few Android 1.6 phones will be updated to Android 2.1. The Nexus One is the only device with Android 2.2 from an official update.


Android 2.1 Captures 50% Market Share In The Android OS Ecosystem

The major problem of the Google Android OS is the fragmentation. People have always criticized the Android OS for its high-level of fragmentation. At the Google I/O conference, Google did say that it is trying its best to kerb fragmentation. The latest report from Android Developers suggests that the measures, which Google has taken, have surely been successful to a certain level. In this latest report, Android 2.1 has the highest market share at 50%. This is a 5% increase from the last time this report was published.


The above data was collected within a period of 2 weeks, ending on June 16, 2010. The data was collected by the number of Android devices, which accessed the Android market.

As it can be seen from the above chart, Android 1.6 and Android 1.5 still hold a major chunk of the market share. Hopefully, with the release of Gingerbread, and the updates of Android OS being slowed down to one per year, the fragmentation issue of Android OS will be eventually be solved.

HTC myTouch 3G And myTouch 3G Slide To Get Froyo Update Soon

HTC has confirmed that the T-Mobile myTouch 3G, and its sibling the 3G slide will get some Froyo love soon. HTC had earlier confirmed that most of their devices launched in 2010 would get the Froyo update. However, HTC did not mention anything about myTouch 3G and myTouch 3G slide handsets.


Now the company has confirmed in an official statement that the T-Mobile myTouch 3G, and the myTouch 3G slide will get the Android Froyo update soon. The company, however did not mention when the update will be released. As of now, the T-Mobile myTouch 3G runs on the Android v1.5. myTouch 3G and 3G slide users should rejoice, as they will be getting a direct update to Android Froyo (v2.2).

We hope HTC won’t delay the Froyo update, as it did for the HTC Hero. After numerous delays, the HTC Hero got its Android 2.1 update a few days ago.


HTC Hero Gets Official Android 2.1 Update

Finally, the wait for the Android 2.1 update for HTC Hero owners is over, but only for Asian customers for the time being. Asian owners are the first to get the update and it will be available worldwide sooner than later.  htc-hero-2

HTC Hero was stuck at the old Android 1.5 version and an update was greatly needed. There had been speculations that the Android 2.1 update will be available in early Q2, but it arrived finally at 4th June. It is believed that this Android 2.1 update will be the last that Hero will get ‘officially’.

HTC has not given any change logs for improvements via this update. This update is only for upgrading the Android version. The 2.73.751.13 version in the HTC Hero is updated to 3.31.751.1. The update can also be downloaded on the phone directly.

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LG GW620 Officially Launched In India For Rs.16,490

LG recently launched the Android powered GW620 in India. This smartphone comes with an amazing slide-out QWERTY keypad. This handset is LG’s first Android powered smartphone targeted at the budget-conscious consumers in India.

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Sudhin Mathur, Business Head, Mobile communications said, LG’s first Android phone, LG GW620, was developed keeping in mind the ever growing demands from consumers to have a phone on which they can multi-task, with the new Android phone users can surf the internet, do business on the go, seek directions, enjoy audio-video entertainment, play games, take pictures and a lot more. The launch further reiterates LG’s commitment to push boundaries in mobile phone innovation and design. We are sure that with LG’s accumulated technology leadership in mobile phone industry and our consistent strategy to support every existing operating system, LG will provide better choices and benefits to our consumers.

This handset is based on Android 1.5 operating system. It comes with a slide-out QWERTY keypad, 3 inch touchscreen display with 320 x 480 pixel resolution, 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, face detection & image stabilizer, 150 MB internal memory, 32 GB expandable memory and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, QVGA video recording, audio and video player, Stereo FM radio, Wi-Fi, A-GPS, USB, Bluetooth, 3G connectivity, Java, up to 600 hours stand-by time, up to 8 hours talktime, 1500 mAh battery and much more.

This device is available in three colors – Black, Gray and Blue. This handset comes with a price tag of Rs.16,490.