The Android OS is exploding, but you knew that already. The Android Market now has around 100,000 apps (if the stats from AndroiLib are to be believed) and there’s reports today that the OS has outsold Apple. Unfortunately the stats don’t include iPhone 4 numbers, so this perhaps isn’t true quite yet, but researchers Canalys have reported a whacking 886% growth in the Android Q2 figures.
To put this into perspective, the entire smartphone market grew by 64% annually across the world, with big players like BlackBerry seeing a 41% growth and Apple seeing a 61% growth. Android is still perhaps in its infancy and growth is expected but a near 900% increase is still very impressive. Canalys VP and Principal Analyst, Chris Jones, stated…
“Smar phone shipment data for Q2 2010 clearly reveals the impressive momentum Android is gaining in markets around the world. In the United States, for example, we have seen the largest carrier, Verizon Wireless, heavily promoting high-profile Android devices, such as the Droid by Motorola and the Droid Incredible by HTC. These products have been well received by the market, with consumers eager to download and engage with mobile applications and services, such as Internet browsing, social networking, games and navigation.”
Links – Canalys – Gigaom