…from october 2009 to january 2010: from 2,8% in oct 09 to 7,1% in jan 10, according to a cnet article enthusiastically entitled “Why Google Android is winning”. ok, so the author of the article works for canonical, the company that makes ubuntu, and is probably biased in favor of open source. but the numbers speak for themselves: in 2008, android had a marketshare of zero, and one year later it is at 7% (measured by only the last quarter). it is still far up to iphone at 25%, but palm has already been surpassed, and windows mobile (which sank from 20% to 16% in the same period) looks troubled as well, given that windows 7 is still far away.
lots of ifs and maybes there, and i’m no business expert – i just enjoy seeing an open source platform being so successful.🙂
update 27 March: according to admob’s february numbers, 24% of the smartphone internet traffic worldwide went to android devices, compared with 50% for iphone (not including ipod touch). this would point to a 1:2 relation between android and iphone – 1 android user for every two iphone users. however, looking at the us numbers and comparing them to the market shares reported above, it seems that admob is skewed in favor of android (at least in the us) – it reports nearly the same traffic from android (38%) as for iphone (47%) in the us in january, when share of devices supposedly was 7% and 25%, respectively. even so, the increase in android traffic share over the last year is impressive – from 2% in february 2009 to 24% now. if it keeps increasing at the same rate it will be nearly 300% a year from now. :p