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Android success story
How Android Grew To Be More Popular Than The iPhone
Google's smartphone operating system now powers a whopping 80% of devices worldwide. Apple's iOS operating system for iPhones only powers 13% of smartphones. iOS controlled about 16% of the worldwide smartphone market a year ago, according to IDC.
Google bought Android in 2005. Andy Rubin and his team quietly worked on what would become the Android mobile operating system.
In 2008, Google partnered with T-Mobile to launch the first-ever Android smartphone, the G1.
Android's true rise began in November 2009 with the launch of the Motorola Droid. Motorola touted the Droid's physical keyboard and removable battery as two major advantages over the iPhone.
Google launched its first-ever smartphone, the Nexus One, in January 2010. By 2010 was still a huge year for Android. It's when Samsung introduced its first Galaxy S smartphone. It launched in several variants and would eventually grow into the most popular brand of Android devices. To date, Samsung has sold more than 100 million Galaxy phones.
HTC was widely considered to be the best iPhone alternative.
2010 was also the year when Android's market share first surpassed the iPhone's market share in the U.S. However, BlackBerry (then RIM) was still on top overall.
Google gave the Nexus program another try in late 2010 with the Nexus S, a phone it built with Samsung. The first phone to ship with Gingerbread, a new version of Android that quickly became the most popular.
Android overtook BlackBerry in U.S. market share in the spring of 2011. BlackBerry's market share has been in decline ever since.
The biggest change to Android came in November 2011 with the release of a new version called Ice Cream Sandwich.
November 2011 was also when became the biggest smartphone maker in the world. Its Android devices are the most popular.
2012 saw the true rise of Samsung as the top Android phone maker on the planet....