Thursday, September 24, 2009

One Year On, Android's Not Quite There Yet

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Nancy Gohring

After it has spent nearly a year on the market, analysts are reluctant to declare Android a success, but they say the platform could turn a corner in the next few months when many more phones are expected to go on sale.

Google and T-Mobile unveiled the first Android phone, the G1, at an event in New York City on Sept. 23 last year. The device hit stores a month later.

One million G1s were sold in the first six months, and almost the same number may have been sold in the period since, said Carl Howe, an analyst with the Yankee Group. In August this year, T-Mobile introduced the second Android phone, the MyTouch, which like the first was made by Taiwan's HTC. There are now more than 10,000 applications in the Android Market.

But Android hasn't yet lived up to the expectations set by Google, and some analysts say it doesn't yet present serious competition to Apple's market-leading iPhone.

One Year On, Android's Not Quite There Yet

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