Google has launched its latest Android operating system with many distinct features. It looks like Android has conquered the world and the little green guy has become the king. Android has become the leading mobile operating system in the world in the opening quarter of this year.
BlackBerry and iPhone users were getting the best of data packages and bundle offers until quite recently. But looks like the field is levelling out as the service providers and users are driving the shift towards Android phones. The market share of products that use Google’s operating system is rising steadily in the recent years.
Despite all the glory, Google is finding it difficult to find a solution to the issue of fragmentation that has been the nightmare with its mobile operating system. Most of the Android device owners are still using the relatively old Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The arrival of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is eagerly awaited. Just about seven per cent of the entire Android market is running on the current version of the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. This has been there in the market since the last eight months.
Whatever the case may be, Android is the fastest growing of all operating systems. It has accounted for more than half of all smartphone shipments. Samsung is the largest contributor to Android’s success with the Galaxy S III which is being branded as a game changer with greater content sharing and interaction.
Google has introduced a Platform Development Kit last week at the I/O Developers’ Conference in San Francisco. The PDK will give the Android smartphone manufacturers a glimpse of the future Android releases. This kind of a sneak preview will give them flexibility to upgrade their phones with the latest Android operating system.