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Smartphones have altogether given a different platform for applications. Everyone wants to be upgraded with the latest application. These applications do amazing things in one’s phone. Distimo, an application analytic provider founded to solve the challenges created by a widely fragmented app store marketplace filled with equally fragmented information and statistics, in its report highlighted on the pricing of these applications. The report revealed that Google’s Android offers 134,342 free applications for download and Apple’s App Store for iPhone offers 121,845 free applications.
The prices charged by iphone are skyrocketing as compared the ones offered by Google Android. More and more people are now opting for Android based mobiles due to its less maintenance cost. Applications provided by Symbian, Java has not been able to match the popularity of iPhone and Android. Every application of iPhone has equivalent apps in Android which is at a much cheaper price and customers are always looking for best product in reasonable price; hence Android has the potential to lead the application world.
According to surveys conducted by Nielsen for January to March 2011, 31% of consumers plan to make their next smartphone purchase an Android handset. 30% said they’d be getting an iOS device. Those numbers are up for Android since July to September 2010, when only 26% were planning on an Android for their next purchase and 33% wanted an iPhone.
A number of solid Android handsets have been released so far this year, with attractive features like 4G connectivity, large 4-inch+ displays, and speedy processors. And with the addition of in-app billing and the Amazon App Store, Android’s historically underwhelming app ecosystem is looking more appealing for both app developers and their app purchasing audience. Sales for Android devices like the HTC Thunderbolt have reportedly been strong, often outpacing that of the iPhone 4. But, iOS wasn’t the only smartphone to decline in popularity. Research in Motion’s BlackBerry also felt the pinch, with consumer favor for the OS dropping from 13% in 2010 to 11% in the first quarter of 2011.
Not surprisingly, the current shares in the smartphone market reflect that same relationship as these consumer-preference scores. Android handsets dominate with 37% of the market, iOS is currently the second most popular with 27%, and RIM is third with 22%.
Android is quickly becoming the operating system of choice by many cell phone owners. If you need proof, look no further than this video from Google. The company has created a visualization of Android activations through the past three years. The launch of the Droid and Samsung Galaxy S clearly played major roles in expanding the popularity of the Android OS.
Data Courtesy : Internet sources