Google Android riding high as top global smartphone OS

A report from Gartner Research indicated that Google's Android is the top global smartphone operating system. Nearly 36.3 million Android-based smartphones have been sold in just the first quarter of 2011.

As InfoWorld reports, Gartner Research indicated that Android has nearly quadrupled its share of the mobile device market when comparing this year to last year. Android had 9.6% of all devices shipped in Q1 of 2010 compared to 36% of all devices shipped in Q1 2011.

When it comes to making money, the iPhone remained number one in terms of generating revenue from mobile applications. 50% of mobile application revenue came from the iPhone whereas only 39% of mobile application revenue came from Android devices.

Android, without a doubt, is still the top overall operating system on the smartphone market today. Microsoft hopes to take Android's number one spot but introducing its Nokia made Windows Phone devices. With Nokia and Microsoft's push to get more phones at a "very low price point," we can expect to see some cool Windows Phone devices in a wider market base due to low prices. Ultimately, Microsoft hopes to gain a better smartphone market share and dethrone Android.

As far as the iPhone goes, there are rumors of a September 2011 release for the iPhone 5 (or iPhone 4S as many are calling it). Reports are even saying that Apple's next iPhone will be "evolutionary not revolutionary" and might have a better camera and a different casing, but no 4G, or LTE or wireless modem.

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