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International Data Corporation (IDC) just released their figures for the first quarter of 2011 according to which iPad has no dominant share in the market while Android has 34% market share.

Observing the last 3rd quarter of 2010 iPad had 93% of the market share while android was nowhere in the market. The Samsung galaxy tab was the only android tab to capture 17% of the market share in 4th quarter of 2010. The Samsung galaxy tab was not released to go after iPad. The only reason why Android captured 34% of the market share in the first quarter of 2011 is concerning the Apple.

IDC reported about android that, “Mobile phone vendors, such as Samsung and Motorola, who have focused their distribution through the telco carriers, found moderate success with their media tablets, but sales were largely stymied by many consumers’ unwillingness to sign up for the 3G/4G data plans that the carriers typically require along with these devices.”

As many wireless LANs became available in the start of the 2nd quarter, a complete change is expected. The upcoming figures of the second quarter will be more interesting. Android may overtake the complete market by March 2012 as 500000 phones of Android are activated per day. It is still expected by the Apple that they will release an iPad update by the end of this year.

The fact that android is taking up the market fast is because of the reason that people are starting to prefer laptops or notebooks instead of tabs. The 2nd half of the years report will be pretty more interesting for Android.

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It has been observed that at this point in time, android is on track to achieve 50% of the mobile market share in the coming few months of 2011. Now, the big question is, will competitors be able to stop android from achieving it?
In the US smart phone market, Android has been a success story this year and it is increasing with the rate of 1.7 points a month according to a survey. Basically, this means that an open handset community will capture smart phone handset market by 50% till the end of this year.


With the growth of android, even smart phone market is also expanding with the similar rates in recent past. According to a survey, 3.7 million users bought a smart phone in the month of Feb. This number was at 3 million and 2.1 million in March and April respectively this year. According to this survey, the number should have hit 2.2 millions in May and it actually did. Now, if we assume that a market shall get an average of 2.2 million users in coming the months, the graph of android is going in such a way that it will hit the range of 50% by this coming December.
For the raw figures, survey results showed that by December this year, the number of smart phone users will grow to 90 million and out of this, 45 million will be the users using Android platform based phones. Just imagine that number! 45 million users in a month means we are going to go through an Android revolution very very soon.

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According to the latest analysis, Android operating system from Google now dominates 36 percent of smart phone mobile market in US which is far better than iOS which dominates 26 percent of the market and the third one is Blackberry from RIM with 23% of the market share.

The report of the latest analysis also describes that the battle of U.S. smart phone dominancy is at the stalemate stage with the number being same since past three months for Android and iOS. Just that the free fall of RIM has come to halt at 23% and Windows mobiles are having their share of 10%.

Further to this analysis, it is also mentioned that Android has also beat iOS in terms of data usage from mobiles, on monthly basis. Average data usage from an Android phone user is at 582 MB which is 90 MB more than what user of an iOS uses in a month. An average application download time for an iPhone user is 30 days which is marginally bit less for Android phone user. For Windows phone users, the average data consumption number comes at 317 MB every month and 63% of the users download an application each month.

However, iPhone leads its way in the market when it comes to video streaming and music download as 46 percent iPhone users regularly download music against 43 percent users for Android phone owners. But blackberry is at the opposite side of these results as an average data download ratio stands only at 127 MB in a month.

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