Android Update

That little Robot is catching up FASTTTTTTT!!!!! According to an article in Computerworld, the Gartner Group predicts that Android will surpass both Blackberry and the iPhones iOS4 in total units shipped Worldwide. Its interesting to note how the Google operating system is not limited to one hardware vendors sales as the Apple Iphone is. Multiple vendors are producing Smartphones which run Android from the likes of HTC, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Samsung and LG. Nokia is the Smartphone leader in total shipped units and will soon find Android clipping at its heels. There is also a totally remade version of Windows Mobile called Windows Phone which will be shipping sometime in Q4 2010 and is going to be manufactured by Samsung. The strong belief in the industry is that Google will continue to surpass even Windows Phone shipments because of the tremendous hold Android has on the market. Android does not offer anywhere near the amount of applications on its market that the iPhone has, however Google has more appeal to the business community with its true multitasking, business related apps and fast operating speeds. The new kid on the block will account for projected sales of 46 million units in 2010 slightly surpassing those of Rim's Blackberry. Even the venerable iPhone with Apple's tightly controlled hardware and software will come in just behind Android at a projected 41 million devices. Its interesting to note that Apple has released new technologies in its iPhone 4 such as Retina Display, HD Recording, 5 Megapixel Camera, Gyroscope, etc. However from a useability standpoint it still does not offer features that most people want to see such as removable batteries, upgradeable and removable storage and more standardized accessories. The flexibility and competitive atmosphere that Android creates amongst the hardware vendors has contributed greatly to its success. The reason for that is because of the tremendous stability that Google has built into the Operating System and its ability to scale itself using various levels of processor power and hardware. The estimate is that there will be a total of 268 million Smartphone devices across all platforms sold in 2010 and that this number will dramatically increase to 875 million by 2014. Its interesting to note that these Gartner Group figures do NOT INCLUDE Tablets or Netbooks running Android which in and of itself is quite amazing.