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According to Google chief executive Eric Schmidt, at least 65,000 Android-powered smartphones are shipping every day. While speaking at Google's annual shareholder meeting, Schmidt said the Android OS is being used on 34 mobile devices in 49 countries. "It looks like Android is going to be either the number one or number two player" in the mobile phone market, he said. Schmidt also indicated the 65,000 handset figure could be low: "Our partners are shipping about 65,000 Android handsets per day but if you check the blogosphere you'll discover there are some reports that that number might be quite low." To help put this in perspective, if Android is able to hit sales of more than two million handsets... Read more...
The Android operating system is continuing to gain popularity among users. According to the NPD Group, Android moved past Apple and took the number-two position among smartphone operating systems in the first quarter of 2010. Based on last quarter unit sales numbers from NPD’s wireless market research, the Android operating system moved into second place with 28 percent. Holding the number one spot is RIM’s OS with 36 percent. Apple’s OS held 21 percent of the market. “As in the past, carrier distribution and promotion have played a crucial role in determining smartphone market share,” said Ross Rubin, executive director of industry analysis for NPD. “In order... Read more...
Adobe is preparing to launch Flash Player 10 for most mobile platforms later this year. Although widely used around the Web, Flash is often considered too resource intensive for smartphones. This new mobile version is set to change that. Supported platforms will include Android, Windows Mobile, Symbian, and WebOS. Flash Player 10 for mobile devices will enable smartphones to deliver a richer Internet browsing experience. The platform will also support development of web-based applications, theoretically freeing developers from individual application stores. During a recent earnings call, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen said many partners have already received an early copy of Flash Player 10. Developers... Read more...
In response to fierce competition in the mobile phone market, a Microsoft representative recently spoke about the company’s plans to retool and beef up its mobile OS, and the company's intentions to cut down on the number of devices it's installed on in the process. According to a NY Times blog, Todd Peters, the vice president of marketing for the Windows Mobile division, indicated during an interview that Microsoft intends to limit the number of devices built with the Windows Mobile operating system. There are currently about 140 devices running Windows mobile, ranging from cell phones to PDAs and other devices. According to Peters, Microsoft doesn’t want to have its efforts diluted over too... Read more...