Report: Android-based devices threaten iPhone's dominance

Posted by Aharon Etengoff

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.

Report: Android-based devices threaten iPhone’s dominanceMeanwhile, 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."