For those who use Android phones it probably comes as no surprise that the Android operating system now represents more than half of all smart phones sold. Charles Arthur of the Guardian reports that Android, “powered 52.5% of handsets shipped – compared to 25.3% a year before – just three years after its launch more than double from that of last year.”
What is really interesting about this is how the popularity of Android will effect the Tablet market. A number of Android tablets have become available in 2011, many of which have a price that falls well below the $499 price tag of Apple’s iPad2. Even the Galaxy Tab 8.9, which is touted as one of the best alternatives to an iPad has a sticker price that runs $20-$30 less than the iPad.
Bad economy or not, in the information age, staying connected is now seen as a necessity. It’s part of what I think is a growing trend of gadgets being used more as tools as less as toys