Android market share gain comes at the expense of BlackBerry

November 10, 2010
The iPad IS cannibalizing netbook sales
ZD Net
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes shares one Microsoft employee’s thoughts on the Apple iPad and how it’s impacting outside sales.

“Speaking to The Seattle PI, Gavriella Schuster, general manager for Windows product management had this to say: But the success of the Apple iPad, and the impending Google Android (and Chrome OS?) tablets, are beginning to threaten Windows’ hold on the “and” PC market. Real Windows-based iPad competitors aren’t expected until sometime next year. So I pointed to Schuster’s netbook and asked about the recent trend. ‘These are definitely getting cannibalized,’ she said. ‘These are really a second device. But they are getting cannibalized.’”

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Windows Phone 7 to rival iPad for developer attention in 2011
Ars Technica
Emil Protalinski writes about developer interest rates as it relates to tablet platforms for mobile applications.

“Developers say they are most interested in Android, Windows Phone 7, and the iPad as platforms for their mobile apps in 2011, according to a report titled ‘State of the Apps Industry Snapshot’ released last week by Millennial Media. The firm, known for its mobile ad network, worked together with technology analysis site Digiday and Wall Street analyst Jordan Rohan from Stifel Nicolaus to procure the data. The team surveyed app developers, publishers, and advertisers in the most recent quarter to learn their plans for next year. Both publishers and developers have grown their cross-platform application development this year and plan to further diversify in 2011. Android, the iPad, Windows Mobile, and Symbian saw the most significant increases from 2009. In the image above, Chart A represents mobile platforms the participants are developing for in 2010 while Chart B shows new app platforms they plan to support in 2011.”

Android market share gain coming at the expense of BlackBerry
Ars Technica
Casey Johnston shares stats about Android’s market share.

“Android’s market share has continued its rise in the third quarter of the year and Apple’s iOS and RIM are struggling to keep up. According to NPD’s Mobile Phone Track, Android was installed on 44 per cent of all smartphones sold during the third quarter, up from 33 per cent in the second quarter, while iOS saw a slight bump from 22 to 23 per cent and RIM dropped into third place at 22 per cent. Looking at the quarter-to-quarter and year-over-year changes, it’s apparent that Android is gobbling up BlackBerry users, rather than the iOS ones so frequently targeted by Android-related ad campaigns. BlackBerry held 28 per cent of the market only a few months ago in the second quarter, and its loss of six percentage points in Q3 appears to have contributed to Android’s 11-point gain.”

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