Any developers who are still avoiding Android for fear that it won’t be popular really should let go of their concerns. New data from Canalys indicates that shipments of Android devices increased by 886 percent in the second quarter compared to the same period one year earlier.
HTC, LG, Motorola, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson all contributed to that gain, and Canalys believes Android controls a U.S. market share of 34 percent – making it the biggest mobile operating system in the country – as a result.
Senior Analyst TY Lau noted in a statement that things look good for Android on a global basis, too. “The story in the Asia Pacific region is similarly optimistic around Android,” Lau said. “Android devices are gaining good traction in markets such as mainland China and South Korea, with growing numbers of consumers wanting more sophisticated smart phones.”
So it looks like developers can cater to all sorts of audiences in all sorts of languages without worrying that they’ll be reaching too small a niche.
Of course, all of this isn’t to say that the iPhone and other competitors in this space are doing poorly. Android just seems to have finally hit its stride.