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World’s First Android TV (pictures).


World’s First 4G (Wi-Max) cellphone (picture and video).

4G is 10 times faster than 3G.



World’s First Android Car (pictures).


Black Duck Software

Open Source Developers pick Android over the iPhone. According to the Black Duck Software analysis, Android open source developers are now 3 times more than the iPhone despite iPhone early lead.


Tim Bray, a prominent developer, and a co-inventor of the XML web standard, joins Google. In a blog post, he explains that he is drawn to Google in part because he hates the closed and controlling environment of the iPhone.


(Cellphone inventor)

Martin Cooper, the inventor of the first handheld cellular phone (1973) ditched the iPhone for an Android cellphone.



DARPA picks Android over iPhone or Windows Mobile.

The U.S. Department of Defense's DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) unveiled a proposal seeking new apps for small device useful for military usage. DARPA required that "all apps should target the Android platforms".

2010-02-16 (MWG)

During a Webcast presentation at the Mobile World Congress (MWG) in Barcelona, Spain, Google CEO Eric Schmidt stated that 60,000 Android cellphones now ship every single day. He added that the company now boasts 26 different models of Android handsets supported by 60 carriers currently on the market in 49 countries. This works out to about 5.4 million cellphones per quarter, or 21.9 million per year.


IDC (Industry Analyst)

Premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services for IT, telecom., and consumer technology.

IDC forecast that Android will experience the fastest growth of any mobile operating system.

Starting with only 690 thousand in 2008, IDC predicts that the total Android-powered shipment will reach 68 million units by 2013.

Globally, this will make Android ahead of iPhone (from Apple), BlackBerry (from Research In Motion), and Windows Mobile (from Microsoft).

The IDC projection nearly mirrors the recent findings (4 months ago) by Gartner Inc. See 2009-10-06.


Motorola's VP for Asia Pacific, Spiros Nikolakopoulos, told Cnet Asia that Motorola plans to launch 20 to 30 Android-based smartphones in 2010.



ZTE of China announced that it has joined the Open Handset Alliance (OHA) and confirmed plans to launch Android-powered smartphones in the first quarter of 2010. This will be the 2nd major company from China (after Huawei) to be designing and manufacturing Android phones.

2010-01-06 (CES)

According to President and CEO, Dr. Scott Ahn of LG Electronics Inc. (Korea) is planning to release more than 10 Android based smartphones in 2010.


Android Market crossed the 20,000 apps. mark. Took 10 months after the first Android phone came out (2008) for it to hit the 10,000 mark (9/2009). It took only 3 months to double that figure. Certainly people are writing apps for Android at an accelerated pace.


FET (Far Eastone Telecommuni cations)

There will be 20 to 30 new Android based phones by the first half of 2010 from several Taiwan manufacturers such as Acer, HTC, Asustek, and others. This statement was made by Roger Chen, vice president of Far Eastone Telecommunications (FET), a cellphone network operator in Taiwan. There will also be an Android app contest for the region specifically those in the Chinese language.


Acer plan to launch 8 to 10 Android phones in 2010. Acer’s Aymar de Lencquesaing said “there is definitely momentum behind Android. The pace is faster than most would have anticipated one year ago."


Gartner, Inc.

Gartner, Inc., a world's leading information technology research and advisory company predicted that the Android OS will be ahead of the iPhone, as well as Windows Mobile, and BlackBerry smartphones by 2012.


Android Market crossed the 10,000 apps. mark. According to, an online version of the Android Market, 60% apps are free, and 40% are paid. 20% are games, and 60% of all apps are rated 4 stars or higher.


The Acer press release included a statement from Jim Wong, president of IT Products Global Operation, Acer, saying, "The Android operating system offers incredibly fast wireless connection to the Internet; for this reason, Acer has decided to develop Android netbooks for added convenience to our customers."


Android Market crossed the 5,000 apps. mark.


HTC Dream “Google G1” cellphone [Android 1.0] for T-Mobile. The world’s first Android cellphone. It took one year for the first Android phone to appear after Android OS became available.




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April 2, 2010:

Statistics from Admob has shown a huge increase in smartphone web traffic especially for the iPhone and the Android running cellphones. Even more interesting is the exponential growth of Android (in green) from nothing to a dominating position after only 16 months of its existence. No question that Android is on a fast track in challenging the iPhone’s market dominance.

Other phones listed above include:

RIM = Blackberry Smartphone (by Research In Motion of Canada).

WebOS = Palm Smartphone (by Palm).

WinMo = Windows Mobile (by Microsoft).

March 23, 2010:

A survey done by AdMob has shown that more developers are interested in developing apps (application software) for Android than any other smartphone platforms.

April 8, 2010:

According to AndroLib there are about 9,000 new Apps (application software) being added to the Android Market in March 2010 alone. This is quite a significant jump compared to any other months in the past.