In the last few weeks, we've had confirmations from Motorola, HTC, Samsung and T-Mobile that more Android handsets are on the way and likely to hit retail by the end of 2009. Strategy Analytics, for one, believes these confirmations.
In a report, Tom Kang, Senior Analyst at Strategy Analytics, said, "We forecast global Android smartphone shipments to grow an impressive 900 percent annually during 2009. The Android mobile operating system from Google gained early traction in the United States in the second half of 2008 and it is gradually spreading its presence into Europe and Asia during 2009. Android is expanding from a low base and it is consequently outgrowing the iPhone OS from Apple, which we estimate will grow at a relatively lower 79 percent annually in 2009."
Kang's co-worker, Neil Mawston, agrees. He said, "Android has fast been winning healthy support among operators, vendors and developers. A relatively low-cost licensing model, its semi-open-source structure and Google's support for cloud services have encouraged companies such as HTC, Motorola, Samsung, T Mobile, Vodafone and others to support the Android operating system. Android is now in a good position to become a top-tier player in smartphones over the next two to three years."
OK, so, taking everything together, they think 2009 is going to be the year of the Android. That's great. We're nearly through the middle of May, though, and only two actual Android handsets have been announced. The industry has just over seven months to get really busy if all this growth that Strategy Analytics is talking about is actually going to happen.