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Google Android and Apple iOS share 82 percent of the mobile OS market

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Nova days the most popular and powerful mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones run on either Android or Apple iOS platform. There were total of 152.3 million smartphones shipped during the first quarter of the current year. According to the recent research the combined market share of leading mobile OSes Google Android and Apple iOS reached 82 percent in the first quarter of 2012.

The leading position holds Android with 59 percent of the market. The number of shipped Android devises is very impressive and totals to 89.9 million in first quarter of 2012. This is around 145% higher than for the first quarter of the last year. Google Android become very popular due to growing number of applications developed for the platform and release of a number of various Android based devices.

Apple iOS holds the second position with 23 percent of the market. 35.1 million of iPhones have been shipped in the first quarter of 2012. This is not bad at all taking into account that Apple has only one smartphone model and sales increase by 88.7 percent comparing to the first quarter of the last year.

Symbian and BlackBerry OS were the main losers. Their shares of the market dropped by 60.6 and 29.7 percent respectively. However Symbian OS still holds 3rd place with the share of 6.8 percent. BlackBerry OS still holds 6.4 percent of the mobile OS market.

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Microsoft plans on simplifying of transitions to Windows Phone platform.

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Author: vip
Microsoft recently introduced the idea of the service facilitating transition from one mobile platform to another.The patent describing such service has been filed with the U.S. Patent Office in 2010 and published in May 2012

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Microsoft does not focus on specific operating systems but provides an example of transition from HTC Android to Samsung Windows phone.Each platform has its own set of applications. Some of them are pretty similar and others are different or not presented at all. The service described in the Microsoft patent should provide such information to customers decided to switch from one platform to another. The service should scan the contents of the old smartphone and identify installed applications. Once identified applications should be compared with other applications from new platform applications stores. In case no exact match found then similar functionality application should be offered. If no similar programs available then the service suppose to notify user when the application become available Installtion of found applications should be as easy as one click.

In addition the transition should include the transfer of application data such as information about level and status in games. Microsoft did not provide any technical details about how it could be implemented.

Microsoft is currently developing Windows Phone operating system. Windows Phone platform has powerful competitors namely Android and Apple iOS. So far competitors are far ahead in terms of number applications available in their stores. Android Market (aka Google Play) contains more than 450 thousands applications. Apple App Store has even more – over 600 thousand. Windows Phone Marketplace could offer around 90 thousands of applications only.

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