Android OS Keeps Gaining Momentum: 10 Reasons Why

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2010-10-12 Print this article Print

News Analysis: Google's Android OS is more attractive than ever. It's a hit with smartphone buyers and makers, and Google is making moves that will keep the mobile operating system on a roll.

Google's Android operating system is easily besting the competition in today's mobile market. In fact, the company's operating system, which runs on several devices from a number of vendors, is outselling Apple's iPhone, RIM's BlackBerry and other products that haven't been able to captivate audiences as effectively as it has.

And now with Windows Phone 7 out of the bag, it's clear that Google's operating system will only grow even more rapidly. Microsoft's operating system lacks the key features that most consumers really want, and it's arguably going to fall even further behind due to the limitations in its functionality. 

Google's Android OS has what it takes to succeed. The mobile operating system is on a roll, and it doesn't look like there is anything out there to put a brake on its momentum. 

Here's why: 

1. Android 2.2 keeps coming 

When Google first offered Android OS, it was a mess. The operating system didn't work the way consumers had hoped, and Apple's iOS looked all the better. But Google improved the mobile operating system with each new update. Android 2.2, for example, is easily the best version of the software ever released. That's why it's coming to more devices. As that continues, it will be harder for consumers to opt for an alternative. 

2. Android 3.0 is right around the corner 

As good as Android 2.2 is, Google is planning to offer Android 3.0 in the coming months. Most estimates peg the release date at early 2011. When that software is released, it will likely include several updates that will make it even more appealing to customers. Considering Android 2.1 and Android 2.2 have been such successes, it's hard to see why Android 3.0 won't be as well. 

3. Tablets are starting to adopt it 

With Apple's iPad setting the sales standard in the tablet market, other vendors that want to run Android OS are starting to fall into place. Currently, Cisco, LG, Samsung and others plan to introduce Android-based tablets in the coming months. That's good news for Google, and it will likely only help the company's mobile operating system take the lead in the space. 

4. It's becoming more enterprise-focused 

Google is finally starting to realize that in order to be successful in the mobile market, getting the enterprise into the mix is extremely important. So the company is starting to make inroads into the corporate world. Android 2.2 is widely considered by people who have evaluated it as the most enterprise-friendly mobile operating system Google has ever released. Going forward, Google will likely continue to make a push for the enterprise. That should only make its software that much more appealing. 

5. Windows Phone 7 looks to be a failure 

Windows Phone 7 is arguably Google's biggest competition in the mobile OS space. The new operating system from Microsoft attempts to attract vendors and beat Google at its own game: selling a slew of devices to consumers around the world. But Windows Phone 7 lacks full multitasking, apps and a number of other features consumers want. And it will likely be viewed as the other operating system when it launches in the U.S. next month. 

Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at

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