Gartner's latest market share results are in and they show Google's Android operating system gaining significant market share in Q1 2013 to nearly 75%. That is a jump of almost 20% in just one year.
I see this increase as significant in that Q1 2012 to Q1 2013 comparisons are a good like-for-like comparison coming after the holiday selling season and before new product launches. What it says to me is that Android is in reach of gaining Windows-like dominance in the mobile handset market unless some other competitor can prevent it from doing so. As usual, it was Samsung leading the way for Android with an increase in share from 27.6% to 30.8%. Meanwhile Apple tumbled from 22.5% to 18.2%. Notice, however that the next three largest smartphone handset makers were all Android manufacturers an...
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Edward Harrison is the founder of Credit Writedowns and a former career diplomat, investment banker and technology executive with over twenty five years of business experience. He has also been a regular economic and financial commentator in print and on television for the past decade. He speaks six languages and reads another five, skills he uses to provide a more global perspective. Edward holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia University and a BA in Economics from Dartmouth College.