Can it be that the Android is growing faster than the iPhone?


According to a new report from StrategyAnalytics, Android smartphone shipments are expected to grow an impressive 900% annually during 2009.

Android already gained an early traction in the US in the second half of 2008, and now it is gradually spreading its presence into other areas such as Europe and Asia.

Just for the sake of a comparison: the iPhone, which is without a doubt a huge success, is about to grow at a rate of 79% annually in 2009.

The report mentions companies such as HTC, Motorola, Samsung, T Mobile, Vodafone and others, supporting the Android due to some advantages such as having a relatively low cost licensing model, semi-open source structure, and of course Google and the support of cloud services.

The conclusion of the report is that the Android is now in a good position to become a top-tier player in smartphones over the next two to three years.

I must admit I was not impressed by the G1 but since it was just version 1.0 and since there are so many leading phones manufacturers behind it and of course Google, there's no doubt we are looking at an emerging beast.

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Marc said…
Growth percentages can be extremely misleading especially for new starters that have had a "bad" start. To then compare growth percentages as a means of how well a company is doing against another is even more misleading (I know you didn't do this so I'm not blaming you!)
If I release a phone that only one person manages to buy in a year, but the next year I sell a massive 10, then growth wise it sounds like I'm doing well (900%). Would I be making some ground on the iPhone though? Most definitely not!
MobileSpoon said…
Yep, that's exactly what I've written as a comment in the site where I originally found this item.
We will have to see how it goes next year, but I suspect that we are looking at the first steps of what soon to become the most dominant mobile OS.