google apple iPhone is slowly but steadily gaining grounds on Android

Google is currently enjoying a nice lead in the smartphone market as the Android platform currently powers over half the world’s smartphone.  However, that number is expected to decrease in the future as Apple is pushing to increase the presence iPhones by enabling more carriers on their device.

Google is currently enjoying a nice lead in the smartphone market as the Android platform currently powers over half the world’s smartphone.  However, that number is expected to decrease in the future as Apple is pushing to increase the presence iPhones by enabling more carriers on their device. 

The IDC projects that Android based smartphone will hit a wall at around 62% market share, and from there it will experience a decline.  Android tablet market share has already started to trail off as it’s currently holding on to about 36% compared to last year’s 38%.  According to the IDC, Apple’s iPad will enjoy a large cushion as it will own about 62% of the tablet market share.

In addition to possibly adding major carriers such as T-Mobile to the mix of iPhone enabled carriers, prepaid services from Leap Wireless, Cricket, and Virgin Mobile has announced that they will add the iPhone to their lineups of phones. 

Apple is slowly, but steadily gaining grounds on Google, and perhaps Android’s rapid growth is to blame for their predicted downfall.  Many apps on the Android platform are not as refined as their iOS counterpart.  Furthering Android’s troubles is the problem of fragmentation, which causes incompatibility of apps among the vast selection of Android devices. 

Google is scheduled to reveal their latest Android version soon, Jelly Bean, but even a newer and smoother platform may not help Google’s cause—evident through ICS failure to become OS of choice for Android devices.  Only about 7% of all Android devices currently run on ICS, and unless Google unite their OEMs and demand Jelly Bean enabled devices, we won’t see Jelly Bean make a huge impact on the Android scene. 

Although Android currently leads the pack in the amount of Android powered smartphones, it currently has too many internal issues which may cause it to lose out to the iPhone, and maybe even Windows Phone in the future.