While T-Mobile's G1 – the first commercial smartphone based around Google's open source Android platform – might have some way to go before it beats the iPhone's sales figures, it's just passed an important milestone.
According to figures from Deutsche Telekom – quoted by CNet
, the handset – which is a customised version of the Dream from HTC – has racked up a million US sales in the six months since launch. Somewhat impressively, the handset now accounts for around two-thirds of all 3G devices active on T-Mobile's US network.
Mobile advertising specialist AdMob is also reporting that the Android operating system now accounts for six percent of the US smartphone market – equal pegging with PalmOS. While its popularity is growing, it still has quite some way to go until it beats Windows Mobile at 11 percent, the BlackBerry operating system at 22 percent, or the incredibly popular iPhone which holds a massive fifty percent of the US smartphone market.
With the Android 1.5 update bringing some lovely new features
, the popularity of the G1 is unlikely to wane any time soon. Android as a platform is also going from strength to strength, with several other handset manufacturers planning devices around the Linux-based operating system.
Netbook support for Android is also continuing to grow – despite doubts
from some companies as to its suitability – with one commercial
implementation already available, and another more powerful version due from MSI – if rumours published over on Electronista
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