Report: Android-based devices threaten iPhone's dominance

  • An AdMob study has concluded that Google's Android operating system (OS) poses a major threat to the iPhone's dominance.

    Indeed, although Apple's iPhone currently maintains a 50 percent share of the global OS smartphone market, Android has already managed to capture approximately 24 percent of the market share.

    Meanwhile, Nokia's Symbian achieved third place at 18 percent, as RIM's BlackBerry and Microsoft Windows Mobile were forced to content themselves with a 4 and 2 percent of the market share.

    "Android was the fastest growing operating system in the AdMob network year-over-year," the study confirmed.

    "Android's share of smartphone requests increased from 2% in February 2009 to 24% in February 2010. The top five Android devices worldwide, by traffic, were the Motorola Droid, HTC Dream, HTC Hero, HTC Magic, and the Motorola CLIQ."