Android’s developer channel on Youtube posted a very nice visualisation of Android device activations from October 2008 to January 2011. Whilst London and San Francisco are seen laser-beaming the night sky, South Korea becomes a hotbed of activity coinciding with the release of Android handsets from local manufacturers and global powerhouses Samsung and LG Electronics.
Android has been gaining a lot of traction since last year. Symbian OS still accounted for a 37.6 percent market share last year, yet back in 2009 it held 46.9 percent. In the same timeframe, Android grew from 3.9 percent to 22.7 percent in 2010, coming in second place. Apple’s iOS, by comparison, just grew slightly from 14.4 to 15.7 percent, whereas the Blackberry OS fell from 19.9 to 16 percent. Microsoft just isn’t important in the mobile arena, dwindling from 8.7 to 4.2 percent.
Nokia, Lord of Symbian, is seeing its empire being sacked and is losing its lands to rival makers with rivalling mobile OSes. Giving up MeeGo and deciding against Android in order not to become just another Android phone maker, Nokia opted to become just another Windows Phone 7 company, hoping to reconquer what it has lost with a new army not this, but next year.
By the time Nokia is able to ship smartphones running Windows Phone 7, competitors will have had Android-based devices on the market featuring 3D screens and multicore SoC’s, such as Nvidia’s Tegra 2 3D, Tegra 3 or TI’s OMAP5.
Thanks to Moore’s Law, low-end phones running Android will also be appearing and punters will flock to them, turning their backs on Symbian OS. Apple knows this, which is why the company is reportedly preparing entry-level iPhones before being stuck in its Walled Garden and nowhere to run with a single, very expensive mobile phone.
One thing is for certain – this time next year, any visualisation of Android device activations will be even brighter.