Android is the fastest growing product in tech history

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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62 Comments

1. Doakie

Posts: 2465; Member since: May 06, 2009

Awesome! Grats Android team!

14. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

the next thing is to overcome the global population

2. NoComment

Posts: 9; Member since: Sep 29, 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.

12. sipha

Posts: 439; Member since: May 12, 2012

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

32. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 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.

61. htc_prep

Posts: 303; Member since: Oct 09, 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

3. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 545; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

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

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!! :)

26. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 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

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.

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.

5. Damitel

Posts: 66; Member since: Apr 21, 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!

15. SleepingOz unregistered

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

55. phonemirer

Posts: 111; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

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

6. Damitel

Posts: 66; Member since: Apr 21, 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!

7. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

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

8. McJobs

Posts: 107; Member since: Jul 08, 2012

it's a stolen product

9. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

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

10. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 882; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

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

16. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

17. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Intellectual property IS an idea. Christ almighty, Ardent.

28. tedkord

Posts: 17090; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

46. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1770; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Lol BURN!

60. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

lol.....Exactly.

34. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 882; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

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

11. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I'm invoking Poe's Law here.

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.

18. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Because it rips off Linux?

21. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

48. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

MXY has a point...

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