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Android's road to the top (infographic)

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Android's road to the top (infographic)
With the official announcement of Android Ice Cream Sandwich, Google answered a lot of questions. Most importantly - it gave us some clarity about the future of the platform, an unambiguous commitment to a single mobile operating system for both phones and tablets. 

Android's road to the top (infographic)
Android's road to the top (infographic)
Our detailed Ice Cream Sandwich preview and a look at ICS unannounced features would give you a better idea about what the future holds for Android, but now it’s a good time to look back at the path that Android has walked up until now and the current standings of the OS.

Started back in 2008 with the launch of the first Android device, the T-Mobile G1, Android quickly grew to extremely popular, giving a viable alternative to Apple’s iPhone. 

Its US market share skyrocketed from a mere 5.2% as of December 2009 to 40% in June 2011. The total number of activated Android phones stood at the impressive 150 million in August, with some 550,000 devices activated every day.

And while it’s somewhat similar to iOS, Android comes with the promise to open source code, something reiterated in 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. It’s also got probably the highest percentage of free apps on its Market, estimated at around 57%.

Check out the infographic on the right for all the curious little details as well as for our own wishes for the future of Android. But now it’s back to you - what was your reason for considering Android or even switching to the platform?

source: Cricket

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posted on 20 Oct 2011, 03:38 16

1. tahnik (Posts: 125; Member since: 17 Jul 2011)


"Android will take over the world" FALSE!!
Android has taken over the world.....YEAH....

posted on 20 Oct 2011, 07:57 3

2. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


thats about the size of it... lol

and seeing where android is going with ICS and where iOS is going with iOS5... yea, android is the way to go.

posted on 20 Oct 2011, 09:15 2

3. Tmachaveli (Posts: 425; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)


Sometimes its good to be the "underdog"

posted on 20 Oct 2011, 11:12 2

4. TreyTreyTaylor (Posts: 295; Member since: 21 Dec 2010)


I switched to android cause i was tired of the bulls**t with an S40. When i opened that Motorola Droid box on christmas two years ago, it was unlike anything id ever seen. Before i knew it, i was rooted, overclocked, and flashing roms every other week. Then i traded it for my DX exactly a year ago. Which will be replaced by the Droid Razr. Im so pro droid lol. Its something about the build quality.

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 04:50 1

10. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 801; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


I'm envious of the Droid Razr part.

posted on 20 Oct 2011, 12:03 3

5. aries.phills (Posts: 132; Member since: 17 May 2011)


I switched to android barely 2 weeks ago from N95(which I've sold) and N900 (which I still own). With my 2weeks old SGSII, all I can scream is ANDROID ALL THE WAY!!! SGSII exposed the annoying lagging nature of my N900 (though multi-tasking in N900 is second to none). Android is so sexy, cute and lovely.
No going back to any other platform. I'm so locked in and rooted on android.

posted on 20 Oct 2011, 12:07 2

6. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


I wish I knew how to do those roote, overclock, flash, rom things :(((

Stock works good for me too though =) cant wait to get my Razr

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 00:16

8. sethyvball (Posts: 46; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Dude same here. I have looked everywhere on how to root your phone but its so confusing, I'm too scared of bricking my phone :(

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 04:51

11. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 801; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


Same here, I've red articles and guides on how to do it, but I found in non-essential for me at the moment. . .

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 16:09

13. roscuthiii (Posts: 1785; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Ease of root seems to depend on the phone manufacturers. Whether or not they lock down boot loaders or loaded up their own bloatware, etc. A friend of mine is trying to root her phone, a ZTE Blade I believe. She said the tutorial she's using is about 35 steps.
That just blows my mind since root on my HTC Droid Eris was obtained simply with a "1 click root" method. Basically as simple as unzipping a file with maybe editing an extension if necessary. Installing a custom ROM, just a simple.

Most any grievance with Android can be traced directly back to the manufacturer and carrier.

posted on 20 Oct 2011, 20:24

7. Cinnamon (Posts: 87; Member since: 16 Jun 2011)


How do you people see those infographs???

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 01:22 1

9. Victor.H (Posts: 405; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Hey, Cinnamon, the infographic is split into two pictures to the right of the text.

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 04:52 1

12. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 801; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


I personally swithced because I was mesmerize by the open sourse system. yey no more tyrany. . .

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