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Android's international growth visualised

Android's international growth visualised

Android is the fastest growing mobile operating system in the world.

Take-up of Google's Android smartphone operating system is growing at a tremendous rate worldwide, and we can now see just how quickly this is happening, thanks to a nifty visualisation of Android activations around the world.

Created by Google's Android Developers group, the video comes hot on the heels of Google's
recent claim that over 300,000 new Android devices are activated every day, making it the fastest growing mobile operating system on the market.

The video charts Android activations worldwide, and then locally in the USA, EU and Asian markets between October 2008 and January 2011, mapping the development and adoption of Android. It's a fascinating watch, albeit with only major USA handset launches highlighted, although it's possible to spot the UK releases of handsets such as the HTC Hero and Desire via spikes in activations.

Despite the success of the Android platform, though, there are increasing rumblings from Android customers who are frustrated at being cut out of the update loop, due to older discontinued handsets no longer receiving OS updates.

With a host of new Android 2.3 smartphones announced at Mobile World Congress last week, and Android 3.0 set to arrive on the tablet market soon, it looks as though there's little to stop Android's steamroller-like growth. At least, not until the release of the iPad 2.


Are you a part of the Android revolution, or are you a dumb-phone counter-revolutionary? Let us know in the forums.

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coolius 24th February 2011, 11:28 Quote
Great news, any chance of a link?
niro 24th February 2011, 11:50 Quote
Android is the way to go. Hate Apple, Nokia's OS is just useless, and dnt wanna bother with Microsoft
Snips 24th February 2011, 12:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by niro
Android is the way to go. Hate Apple, Nokia's OS is just useless, and dnt wanna bother with Microsoft

Why not?
kempez 24th February 2011, 12:15 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by niro
Android is the way to go. Hate Apple, Nokia's OS is just useless, and dnt wanna bother with Microsoft

I've never understood anybody 'hating' any tech firm

Cool video and interesting too. When it comes to my refresh, I'll be looking at all the handsets on the market, for sure :)
Repo 24th February 2011, 12:31 Quote
Nice vid.

I was tempted by the T-Mobile Pulse Mini last month as it was only £50, good tech impulse buy price point that. I managed to resist though as my WM6.5 device is still going strong.
perplekks45 24th February 2011, 13:36 Quote
I can only recommend Android. Been using it on my Galaxy Spica/Lite for over a year now & while it's not perfect (then again I'm on 2.1 still thanks to Samsung & just can't find the time to root my phone or it's just not important enough ;) ) it is a great piece of software! I owned an iPod Touch so I've gotten my share of iOS as well.
I really like them both but the fact that Android is far more open than iOS will possibly ever be is what makes me want to buy the Galaxy S2 or the LG Optimus 2X next.
Windows Phone 7 is a step in the right direction for MS but it somehow doesn't appeal to me. WebOS & Meego are good as well but the actual handsets are not interesting to me.
Sloth 24th February 2011, 17:22 Quote
Interesting visualization, but a little hollow. Hooray for having a little graph on the bottom which has no units of measure, thus making it completely useless for anything but looking pretty.

I don't have any smartphone preference, just hate having the wool pulled over my eyes.
docodine 24th February 2011, 19:44 Quote
Curious to know what a similar iOS visualization would look like
bobwya 24th February 2011, 20:01 Quote
Found the video a bit boring...
l3v1ck 24th February 2011, 20:31 Quote
I'm very happy with my Android phone.
The only downside is that it's already been upgraded from 2.1 to 2.2, so I doubt Vodafone will offer another upgrade to 2.3.
Having played around with a friends iPhone 4, I'm very glad that I picked Android. It just suits my tastes better. Though whether that's Android itself, or HTC's Sense skin is another matter.
ssj12 24th February 2011, 22:07 Quote
I have the original Droid, and plan on upgrading to the Droid Bionic!
TWeaK 25th February 2011, 10:27 Quote
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Originally Posted by niro
Android is the way to go. Hate Apple, Nokia's OS is just useless, and dnt wanna bother with Microsoft

Nokia's OS is now Win Phone 7 :p though I know what you mean. Meego sounded interesting but it's almost completely gone now - I wonder if Intel basically pushed Nokia out of it by saying they only wanted x86. Symbian has been the proverbial dead horse for a long time now. Android really should be the way to go, but they need some structure to it where handset makers don't have so much control over update revisions by having their own UI on top. WP7 could be good, but this is Microsoft, who I'd argue have a habit of turning good ideas into trash.
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