Android is the fastest growing product in tech history
posted by Michael H. / Nov 06, 2013, 12:37 AM
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.
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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 Nov 06, 2013, 12:43 AM 2
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I would think that would be great.. More competition & more choice is always healthy for consumers... Just terrible for business!!
posted on Nov 06, 2013, 2:04 AM 0
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 Nov 06, 2013, 1:00 AM 14
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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 Nov 06, 2013, 5:10 AM 1
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 Nov 06, 2013, 8:46 PM 1
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...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 Nov 06, 2013, 1:02 AM 16
I exactly felt the same after switching to my first Android, the SII, from that sh*tty N8.
posted on Nov 06, 2013, 2:52 AM 6
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it's a stolen product
posted on Nov 06, 2013, 1:29 AM 4
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I agree. Steve jobs admitted in a video that they are great artists because they steal. Indeed, iOS is a stolen product.
posted on Nov 06, 2013, 2:01 AM 6
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 Nov 06, 2013, 2:28 AM 4
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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 Nov 06, 2013, 3:31 AM 5
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