Data Monday: Android Adoption

by Luke Wroblewski October 19, 2009

Google's free mobile operating system is showing up on an increasing number of networked devices. Gartner Research even predicts Android will surge from 2% of the smartphone market to 14% in 2012.

  • The complete Gartner forecast for smartphone OS's by the end of 2012 puts Symbian on top with 203 million devices sold, and 39% of the market. Android will be second with nearly 76 million units sold, and 14.5% of the market. (source).
  • Currently, Android phones are on 26 carriers in 32 countries, and there are 10,000 apps (source).
  • There are currently 12 Android phones on the market. (source)
  • In 2010, as many as 40 models of Android devices may ship. (source)
  • Verizon, the biggest U.S. wireless carrier, will launch two new Android devices this year (one by HTC and one by Motorola), with an entire family planned for the following years. Those devices will include not just Android smartphones, but “specialty devices” such as netbooks, PDAs, and even simpler feature phones. (source)
  • Sprint will also sell two Android phones this year, one by Samsung and one by HTC. (source)
  • The HTC Hero runs HTC Sense and is available on Sprint in the US (source)
  • T-Mobile will sell several Android phones this year, including Motorola's new CLIQ, and a wood-grain "Fender" edition of the HTC myTouch 3G. (source)
  • The Motorola Google phone, the 'CLIQ' includes Motorola's new 'MotoBlur' software, which basically replaces the standard Android home screen with a social networking dashboard. (source)
  • According to representatives from China Mobile, Motorola will release up to eight handsets for the largest mobile operator in the world in terms of subscribers. The OPhones will use a customized version of Android called Open Mobile System. (source)
  • AT&T will reportedly sell Android devices next year, including one from Dell. (source)
  • Dell will bring the Mini 3i Android phone to the U.S. in the next few months. (source)
  • Acer, the world's third largest PC vendor, announced two of its most highly anticipated products with Google's Android mobile operating system on board, the Liquid smartphone and an Aspire One netbook. (source)
  • Barnes & Noble's rapidly-approaching eReader is rumored to run Android. (source)