Whether one likes it or not, Android has been the hottest and most talked about mobile operating system of 2011. However, undeniably, the umpteen number of tablets crafted using the Google operating system didn’t manage to turn heads. They couldn’t match up to the popularity of the iPad, especially when the next iteration was launched in the form of the iPad 2. NetApplications that monitors browser usage data has put forth that Apple’s iOS still tops the charts of the world wide web in the mobile operating system (for phones and tablets), Google’s Android, which spread like wildfire last year has been losing its fizz, while the surprise is Oracle’s Java ME, which is emerging as the world’s fastest growing mobile operating system and lost its second spot to Android only in October 2011.
The graph that says it all..
For those boggled over this piece of news, Sun Microsystems has designed Java Micro Edition and Oracle acquired it in 2010. Basically, this mobile operating system is employed in low-end phones, catering to the budget conscious phone market. Now, Android is known to cater to audiences of low to high end budgets. In fact, an affordable Android phone could offer more than a low end phone running on Me.
Several readers have responded stating varied reasons why this survey could be misleading and inaccurate. A reader states that Net Apps has always shown misleading stats as the research firm takes into account the time spent on the browser and obviously, iPad users top the charts at this. Moreover, Net Apps takes into account the stock Android browser, whereas Android users don’t necessarily use it and could have installed other browsers from the Android Market. The graph has supposedly taken into account ‘Installed Base’, while it has overlooked new sales, and Android has shown phenomenal growth in sales. Over 50 percent users across the world use Android, remember?
The Android Developers blog had shown the most current distribution of its vivid flavors of the Android operating system. Needless to say, the Android 2.3 has finally made it to majority of the Android devices at 55 percent distribution; there are a small number of people still using Cupcake. The market share of Honeycomb clearly states that Android tablets didn’t really take off well, but let’s take under consideration the fact that there are several Android tablets that feature Android mobile versions and not Honeycomb. What are your views about Java Me overtaking the Android OS?