WHY ANDROID IS EVERYWHERE
➤ Rather than monetise its OS, Google offered it out free, which kick started its global spread.
➤ Though Android is open source, Google makes up for it by attaching its widespread online advertising machinery to every Android device.
➤ The growing middle class in China and Samsung’s adoption of Android across several price tiers further pushed the OS into the mainstream.
➤ Nine out of every 10 smartphones sold in China are Android.
➤ But global smartphone sales have been on the decline for the past three years and though nearly half the world’s population has a smartphone reaching the other half is a tall order.
Since Google acquired Android 14 years ago, the OS has grown at a searing pace, obliterating competition along the way to the top.
Source: Media reports, Graphic: Karthic R Iyer