Android's road to the top (infographic)

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. 

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



12. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

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

7. Cinnamon

Posts: 87; Member since: Jun 16, 2011

How do you people see those infographs???

9. Victor.H

Posts: 1130; Member since: May 27, 2011

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

6. bolaG

Posts: 468; Member since: Aug 15, 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

8. sethyvball

Posts: 46; Member since: Sep 16, 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 :(

11. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 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. . .

13. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 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.

5. aries.phills

Posts: 161; Member since: May 17, 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.

4. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 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.

10. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

I'm envious of the Droid Razr part.

3. Tmachaveli

Posts: 425; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

Sometimes its good to be the "underdog"

1. tahnik

Posts: 201; Member since: Jul 17, 2011

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

2. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

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