Celebrating Android's Growth

by Kristen Nicole

Celebrate

On the eve of Veterans Day, why not take a moment to honor our war heroes? Find nearby memorials with augmented reality app Layar, using your Android to participate in this national holiday. Or call a veteran in your family with the updated Skype app, which features improved stability for longer chats.

With Android apps able to provide value for you and your loved ones, why not celebrate the greatest of the apps in the Market? Tomorrow, the first anniversary edition of the SF App Show will feature its strongest lineup yet. New York Times best selling author Gina Smith reviews your favorite apps, chats with developers, and discusses the changes in the app economy over the last year. The show starts at 5:30 p.m. PST, at the Mission Bay Conference Center at UCSF. See here for more details.

Big Growth

Those rapid changes can be difficult to keep up with, but here’s the latest on Android’s growth. A report from Gartner shows Android’s global mobile market share has jumped to 25.5%, putting it in the number two slot just behind Apple’s OS. The report goes on to note the 20.5 million Android devices sold in Q3 2010 alone. A year ago, that number was a mere 1.5 million.

That rampant growth has powered a gaming revolution, with mobile titles now reaching rock star status. The Android launch of Angry Birds raked in record numbers for app downloads, and an update to the game this week brings a second round of level upgrades, adding 45 more challenges to beat.