A new report from Gartner Research claims that Google's Android operating system will grow rapidly in the remaining months of 2010, passing both Apple and RIM.
If you don't follow the smartphone world closely, Nokia is still number one worldwide. While their phones are offered by Canadian carriers, the market in other nations over seas encourages users to buy unlocked phones - often Nokia handsets.
In late 2009, Android had only 3.9% of the market - Apple had three times more. Google is expected to hit about 17.7%, which will cobbler Apple's iOS, and just edge out Blackberry. While iOS is still growing, Blackberry has been falling. The dismal response to the Blackberry Torch isn't helping.
That would leave Android behind only Symbian found on Nokia phones, which tend to be the least smart of the smartphones. And coming soon... new Windows mobile phones.
The single down side to Android's rapid growth is turning out to be the number of devices. With so many phones, all with different hardware and screen resolutions etc., how quickly are updates going to get rolled out? My HTC Legend which is great is out of stock all over and new phones keep coming; I'm thinking the manufacturers are going to forfeit updates to sell newer versions of different phones.
With so many different updates for so many phones the consumer is set to get screwed again.