(PRWEB) November 20, 2013
Android is the most popular mobile operating system on the face of the planet. Since its inception in 2008, Android has seen dramatic growth every year, and is now used on hundreds of millions of devices in over 190 countries. According to an IDC Worldwide report featured in Business Insider, the Android operating system controls just under 80% of the global smartphone market as of Q2 2013. This is up from just under 70% one year earlier. In the second quarter, over 187 million Android devices were shipped worldwide.
One of the most obvious and important elements working in Android’s favor is its open source and community based app development framework. According to local entrepreneur Jason Hope, “The Android app development community doesn’t have to deal with the shackles of the iOS market, and can create whatever content they want without worrying about wasting resources on apps that won’t meet stringent and disjoined criteria.” The low barrier of entry into the Android market means that more people are able to create more applications. This in turn increases competitiveness among developers, which increases the quality and quantity of offerings on the market. In this scenario, the app consumer is the big winner, and this has played out with dramatically increased sales numbers worldwide
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