Android the most popular smartphone OS in Asia
Android has recently overtaken Symbian as the most popular smartphone OS in Asia, in both value and sales.According to market research Android are getting popular in Asia, with Android now being the region’s most popular OS.
Android seems to be especially going strong in Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea and Taiwan. In Southeast Asia (i.e. Indonesia or Malaysia), Symbian is still dominant,even though the OS is gradually losing ground to the iPhone, Blackberry and Android.Since the beginning of the year, Android, RIM and iPhone OS have been enjoying gains in the smartphone segment at the expense of Symbian OS.
The largest country for smartphone shipments was the U.S., with Apple holding a 31% market share. A 150% boost in growth, year-on-year, was down to the launch of the iPhone 4 and the inclusion of the Verizon Wireless network as one of the operators for the iPhone. However, Android remained the leading smartphone platform in the country with a 49% share, with HTC taking the position of leading Android vendor thanks to a 200% growth over the previous year
While data does not exist for the local market, the increase in official smartphone launches provides an indication over the approach being adopted by mobile operators in Pakistan. With handsets not being a standard feature of mobile packages here, the last 9 months has seen Windows Phone 7 and Android emerge on the scene as viable replacements to the BlackBerry-dominant market. However, it is evident that Nokia still holds a significant sway that is unlikely to shake over the next year.