Google’s free Android operating system (Google Android OS) had a good year in 2010, not only reviving the fortunes of a number of smartphone manufacturers but also starting to make an appearance on netbooks and tablet PCs. All signs point to a stunning 2011 for this operating system.
According to Google’s vice president of engineering, Andy Rubin, Google is activating 300000 smartphones each day with the Android platform, with research firm Canalys measuring a 886% difference in Android shipments in Q2 of 2010 than the same quarter in 2009. Market analysts, Gartner, goes so far to predict that Android will be surpassing the Symbian platform as most used mobile operating system (OS) market in the world by 2014. Amazing, considering the amount of Nokia phones out there with Symbian installed.
Android is also the preferred weapon of choice for tablet manufacturers looking to produce the next iPad killer, with companies such as Samsung, Toshiba, Acer, Cisco, Dell and Motorola either having released or planning to release Android tablet devices. According to research firm, IMS Research, Android tablet devices could be as much as 15% of the market this year, not bad taking into account the massive head-start Apple’s iPad had. Android is also making the trek to netbooks, with Acer recently releasing the Happy netbook that dual-boots Windows 7 and Android, while Toshiba has also produced an Android netbook. Although if Google is to be believed their new Chrome OS, to be released later this year, should be the domain of netbooks. Google Android market is increasing vs Symbian and 2011 will be year of Google Android success.