We recently released our “What Smartphone Users Want” report based on our January user survey and found that 69% of those surveyed would be choosing Android as their next OS:
You can see that the pie charts above are becoming more and more green with Android, the same is true for the graph below:
Gartner’s quarterly report for Q1 of 2011 shows the continuation of Android’s success story. If this were a popularity contest—wait, it is a popularity contest and Android is winning. According to Gartner, over 36 million Android devices were shipped in the 1st quarter of 2011 which accounted for 36% of all mobile OS sales, an improvement of 9.6% over the same period one year ago.
Samsung saw similar increases in popularity pulling in over 68 million devices, a distant second from Nokia’s 107 million, but a considerable lead over the next closest competitors LG and Apple at 23 and 16 million units respectively. With Nokia dropping Symbian and teaming up with Microsoft, OEMs will be fighting for their share of the mid-range smartphone sector. Although much of Android’s press comes from its existence on flagship smartphones, we often forget that its flexibility has allowed it to be successful on more ordinary mid-tier phones as well.
It’s almost frightening how sudden Android’s rise to fame has been; hopefully it doesn’t get to Andy’s head. Although I think I should be less worries about Android and more concerned about everyone else; it will be interesting to see what all the competing operating systems will do to stay out of Andy’s shadow.
Via Android and Me