Earlier this month a report from research firm NPD found that Google Android -based smartphones are outselling the Apple iPhone and the RIM Blackberry. This puts RIM in second and Apple in third.
While this isn’t a big surprise for many industry insiders it’s a huge step for Google’s mobile operating system. Now, the biggest problem, is perception. Most consumers are confused about what exactly Android is.
Google develops it as an open source platform and essentially gives it away to phone manufacturers. There is some licensing involved when it comes to the Google-branded apps but the cost is almost nothing for the hardware company.
Because of this, a lot of phone makers are now selling Google Android-based phones including HTC, Motorola, Samsung, Sony, Acer and others. Android phones are available on all four major carriers in the U.S.
What you end up with is a flood of phones based on Google Android. There is only one Apple iPhone and it’s only available on AT&T.