With all the noise that surrounded the launch of iPhone 4 and the growing anticipation at the prospect of the first devices running Microsoft Windows Phone Series 7 shipping, you may think very little has changed in the world of mobile operating systems.
But then there’s the little matter of 886% growth of mobile phones sold world-wide on Google’s Android platform in the last quarter, as reported recently by Canalys.
It seems almost by stealth that the rampant growth of smartphones running Android OS is becoming the biggest mobility story of the year— and to think little more than 12 months ago, the smartphone landscape was quite different.
You can have that one — or that one, or even that one
Think back to a year ago, the choices for consumers wanting a cool touch screen device were relatively limited; you could have either the iPhone 3G, HTC’s HD2 or the BlackBerry Storm (remember that one).
Since then, the range of smartphones has grown substantially, with Motorola, Sony Ericsson and LG entering the field with their own versions on the Android theme.
And HTC, not content with its stable of Windows Mobile offerings, now has a dazzling portfolio of Android devices to which new ones seem to be added daily.
With such a vibrant array of Android devices—and much more promised leading into the crucial build up to the holiday season—Apple looks almost pedestrian by comparison, with launches of just iPhone 4 and iPad. While Microsoft may have found the world has moved on significantly by the time Windows Phone Series 7 begins shipping.
From our perspective, we welcome the launch of any device which gives consumers more choice and it certainly keeps us on our toes to continue to provide the very best on-board GPS navigation experience across a range of platforms and their flagship devices.
Now that we’ve shared our thoughts, we want to hear what you think! Did you snatch up the new DROID 2 yesterday? What about the Samsung Galaxy S with its Super AMOLED 4” screen and slim design? Or perhaps you’re still excited about the DROID X or DROID INCREDIBLE you bought earlier this year?
What’s your favorite Android device?