Those of you who are fans of the Android were probably happy to learn that this smartphone that is outfitted with Google’s OS has more of the total United States market share than the Apple iPhone. However, this news did not surprise many of the people who have been keeping up with the Android ever since its origin. It seemed to be unavoidable that the Android would dominate the sales of smartphones.
Apple had a 21 percent market share during the first quarter of 2010, while the Android captured 28 percent of the market share. In the United States, the Android accounted for 46 percent of all online mobile traffic, compared to iPhone’s 39 percent. There are many reasons why these statistics are in favor of the Android, for the Android is a very different phone from the iPhone. With the iPhone, you are pretty much limited to one model of smartphone, which is on just one network, AT&T.
The Android can be purchased in several different versions. It is made by several different manufacturers, and has several different prices as well. Perhaps most important of all, the Android is on all of the major cell phone networks. The default Android browser is superb, far better than the Safari mobile browser with no flash that is on the iPhone. The Android browser is fast, efficient, and does everything you would expect a good, all-around browser to do.
An Android phone places widgets on its desktop, while the iPhone’s desktop can be filled with icons, depending on how many applications the phone user has shortcuts for. The widgets are much more practical than mere icons. Consider the Twitter widget, which lets you update your status from your Android’s desktop. There is a Messages Widget that allows you to see your email right on your desktop, and a People Widget where you can email, text, or telephone any of your contacts that reside on your desktop.
Android phones go all out to make sure you can easily turn off any of the connectivity options that are included, such as a GPS, Wifi, Bluetooth, and mobile network. These settings reside on the desktop. With an iPhone, you must go to the Settings screen, then figure out how to do what it is you wanted to accomplish. With the iPhone, you must also have iTunes in order to manage your phone, but the Android stands alone.
An iPhone has a single notification system. You must open an application in order to check and see if you have any updates. With the Android, all of your applications can report in the background on the phone’s notification bar, and this includes email, text messages, and voice messages as well as Gmail, Facebook and Twitter notifications.
The iPhone comes with Apple’s personalization choices, and they are a bit limited. With the Android, you have the ability to configure your phone exactly the way you want it. You are able to have a separate screen for applications like social networks, texting, and more.