Regardless of how much money Android has generated (or, more accurately, hasn’t generated) for Google, there can be little doubt that Google is pleased with the fact that it owns the second most popular mobile OS in the world.
But the popularity of Android isn’t without its problems. Fragmentation, for instance, has always been an area of concern for developers and handset manufacturers, if not for Google.
Apple may appear to be on top of the mobile world thanks to the iPhone
and iPad. But according to analysts at Gartner, Apple iOS market share
will peak at 17.1% in 2011 and drop to 14.9% by 2014.
At the same time, Android, which had just under 4% of
the mobile OS market in 2009, will rise significantly this year to become the
leading mobile operating system in North America. By 2014, Gartner
believes Android will be just about neck and neck globally with Nokia’s
Symbian OS. Combined, Android and Symbian will have control of
approximately 60% of the mobile OS market in 2014, leaving Apple and iOS
in the dust.