Being a writer and Android enthusiast, I have a lot of friends either involved or intrested in the mobile industry. Â With that, I’ve been asking around on several forums, and people I know here in Portland. Â “What device are you using, and are you enjoying it?” Â Well IÂ obviouslyÂ am acquainted with more Android users, being a member of Androidspin.com . Â I do however know a lot of iPhone users who are getting impatient and annoyed with Apple’s delays on updating their device. Â The iPhone is built like a machine, and is “supposed” to be a powerhouse of a device. Â That doesn’t mean that it’s working like one now. Â It seems Apple has stopped listening to it’s users, completely. Â Devices have had the ability to multitask between apps for a while now. Â With the birth of the G1, multitasking was enabled even then. Â WebOS brought something new to the table with their “cards” feature. Â It seems Apple is late to the party.
A lot of the iPhone users I’ve talked to are either switching to or already have switched to Android. Â “I want open source, I want constant updates and I want a company that listens and replies to it users.” Â Well, there’s an app for that. Â Android. Â More and more iPhone users everyday are switching to the Green Robot, and leaving iPhone behind. Â However, that doesn’t mean Android is ahead of the game in sales though.
Apple’s last quarter report came in April 20th, 2010. Â The company sold 8.75 million iPhone devices. Â While Android, sold 2.94 million last quarter. Â Andy Rubin though, isn’t too worried. Â “It’s a numbers game” according to Rubin. Â Google is more worried about how many handsets they get to customers, over how much profit they gain.
Google, unlike Apple, is not counting on all of their profit from one device. Â There are currently 34 Android devices from 12 differentÂ manufactures. Â When you have multiple OEM’s building multiple products in multiple productÂ categories, it doesn’t take long to catch up. Â Based of the pastÂ quarterlyÂ sales and Admob’s report, Android should be at the top of the chain by 2013.
When it comes to getting companies to market products, Apple should be a little worried. As shown in the graph below, Android has accounted for 25 percent of mobile ad requests forÂ smartphonesÂ globally, and 46 percent in the U.S.
As ofÂ FebruaryÂ andÂ continuingÂ onto March, Android adÂ requestsÂ seems to be pushing ahead of other companies.
Open Source is what customers want, which seems to be ticking off Apple and Microsoft. Â Recently Apple tried suing HTC which is the mainÂ manufactureÂ of all Android devices. Â Microsoft employees are hinting that Android is violating their patents, which could lead to a lawsuit. Â Specifics on which are still unknown. Â With all these fingers being pointed, it seems other companies are getting a little worried about Androids growth in the industry.
Expectations and assumptions. Â That’s all we can go with until we start to seeÂ dramaticÂ changes in sales, and I see more Android handsets over iPhone. Â To the iPhone users migrating to the Green Side. Â I say “Welcome, and enjoy!”