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Android is the fastest growing product in tech history

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Android is the fastest growing product in tech history
We've all been watching as Android has made its meteoric rise in the mobile world, and we have watched as the platform has surpassed the competition. It turns out that we may have been watching something more than just a new dominant force, but a truly historic feat in the tech world. According to new data, Android may be the fastest growing product in tech history.

The data and chart come from Asymco and analyst Horace Dediu. The chart plots out various successful tech products and their total adoption numbers compared with how long after the initial release that the product hit that number. The mobile platforms of the past generation saw some impressive numbers with Symbian hitting 450 million users, but it took that platform 44 quarters (11 years) to reach that number. BlackBerry saw 225 million users in 43 quarters; and, Windows Mobile saw 72 million in 30 quarters. 

That's when the smartphone boom happened. Just 23 quarters after its initial release Apple's iOS has hit 700 million users, which would be incredibly impressive on its own if not for Android. Android has taken just 20 quarters (5 years) to make it to 1 billion users. That's pretty crazy. 

Android is the fastest growing product in tech history

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posted on 06 Nov 2013, 00:42 23

1. Doakie (Posts: 2109; Member since: 06 May 2009)


Awesome! Grats Android team!

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 02:51 1

14. dickwyn (Posts: 621; Member since: 07 May 2012)


the next thing is to overcome the global population

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 00:43 2

2. NoComment (Posts: 9; Member since: 29 Sep 2013)


I wonder what 2014 will bring for windows phones, they seem to be growing really fast, and it wouldn't be to bad if we had another competitor, instead of the ios or android debacle.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 02:04

12. sipha (Posts: 435; Member since: 12 May 2012)


I would think that would be great.. More competition & more choice is always healthy for consumers... Just terrible for business!!

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 08:11

32. blazee (Posts: 413; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


In my opinion not in the mobile phone market, especially when were talking about someone like microsoft or apple who are just waiting to sue the sh$t out of anyone and ban their products.

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 12:57

61. htc_prep (Posts: 303; Member since: 09 Oct 2009)


I think the word that you are looking for is debate. Not debacle. A debacle is a situation that goes wrong from the start. Ex: BB10

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 00:46 8

3. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 385; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Android nos are going to keep on increasing quarter by quarter.Happy to see India on 3rd no for building mobile share.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 01:00 14

4. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Android - and more generally - open source is the way! The age of closed-source proprietary code is coming to an end! Or so I hope at least. :)

It is time for the likes of Apple and Microsoft to fall and the likes of Google, Ubuntu, Mozilla and others to rise!! :)

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 05:10 1

26. androiphone20 (Posts: 1654; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


I like your way of thinking but you got a little out of the way, AOSP is slowly fading away because Google is pushing towards making it closed-source. Kitkat is an example, I'm talking about Google's APIs you may want to do a little research before you get too excited

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 09:18 1

37. ilia1986 (unregistered)


You mean how kitkat is supposedly harder to root? I wouldn't worry about that seeing as we have hundereds of linux gods on xda.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 20:46 1

56. silver91342 (unregistered)


They are NOT closing the OS (Android). They are closing the sources of their OWN app's;Gmail & Maps, AOSP (Android) is still going strong. The reason is simple, the manufactures and cell providers are crap when it comes to OS upgrades. Breaking out their app's and more importantly Google Play Services apk lets them upgrade ALL HANDSETS with features of the new OS without needing to go through carries and manufacturers. In short Google is cutting through the bull and giving users what they want faster.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 01:02 16

5. Damitel (Posts: 66; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)


...until I used my first Android(jeallybean 4.2.1) phone, never knew what I have lost these years sticking with Symbians. Thank you googLe for ANDROID!

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 02:52 6

15. SleepingOz (unregistered)


I exactly felt the same after switching to my first Android, the SII, from that sh*tty N8.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 16:55 1

55. phonemirer (Posts: 111; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)


n8 is 3-4 years old and it still has an amazing camera

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 01:03 4

6. Damitel (Posts: 66; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)


...until I used my first Android(jeallybean 4.2.1) phone, never knew what I have lost these years sticking with Symbians. Thank you googLe for ANDROID!

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 01:08 3

7. livyatan (Posts: 867; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


What is new about this??
The infographics about this phenomenal fact are numerous and have started appearing years ago.

Android is unprecedented

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 01:29 4

8. McJobs (Posts: 107; Member since: 08 Jul 2012)


it's a stolen product

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 01:52 12

9. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4492; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


As is the GUI that MS and Apple used to make PCs a consumer product. So should Xerox be mad as well?

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 02:01 6

10. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 811; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


I agree. Steve jobs admitted in a video that they are great artists because they steal. Indeed, iOS is a stolen product.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 02:58

16. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


Steve Jobs admitted Apple steals great "ideas". Apple is not like Samsung that steals IP.

And you wonder why the android camp continues to believe in nonsense.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 03:01 9

17. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Intellectual property IS an idea.

Christ almighty, Ardent.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 07:29 2

28. tedkord (Posts: 12314; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Seems kinda obvious, doesn't it? But I guess you have to make some ungogly logical contortions to be sure to protect your core belief that Apple does no wrong. Religious fanaticism at its strongest.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 13:22 1

46. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1721; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Lol BURN!

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 11:31

60. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


lol.....Exactly.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 09:07 1

34. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 811; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Nice try.. But you failed to make a point...LOL
Keep trolling. Nobody cares about you...
:-)....
:-)....

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 02:03

11. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


I'm invoking Poe's Law here.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 02:28 4

13. ilia1986 (unregistered)


How exactly is android a stolen product again? Because it has icons? lol. It baffles me that people are still mentally stuck in 2010.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 03:24 2

18. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14309; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Because it rips off Linux?

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 03:31 5

21. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


You're kidding me. Linux is an open platform that's meant to be built on, and Google never made any bones about what foundation Android is built on.

Mxy, you and I had a fairly reasonable conversation in the article. Don't ruin it by spouting utter nonsense here.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 13:37 1

48. gallitoking (Posts: 4720; Member since: 17 May 2011)


MXY has a point...

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