Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Galaxy May Own The Android Smartphone Market And Show Google Who’s Boss

Okay, the iPhone is a very potent and well designed smartphone no matter which side of the mobile isle you sit in.  However, Apple’s one device cannot fight back against the dozens if not hundreds of Android models.  As a whole, Android has a mighty controlling share of the mobile phone market.  Having said, that the Galaxy may well be the device that does what the iPhone cannot.

So far, Samsung has sold over six million Galaxy S II devices in the world and that's not including North America.  And though we haven't gotten an update since the end of July, Samsung is probably pushing these hot Android phones out at a rate of 1.5 to 2 million a month.  And that'll accelerate once they go on same in North America.

Follow me for a sec on this and you’ll know where I’m going with this.

The Galaxy line is well-known.  Not quite a household name like the iPhone.  But the worldwide demand for the Galaxy S II, and the level of anticipation here in the US, the Galaxy could take a controlling share of not just the Android market but also the smartphone market itself.  Maybe folks like Apple recognizes this and it’s why they’re going after Samsung, its parts supplier, so hard.

This one phone could take such a large share of the Android market that HTC, LG, and Motorola will be left fighting for what’s left of the Android pie.  And at some point, people will say Galaxy and mean Android all at the same time.

And what about all the other Android devices that don't have the Galaxy name to it that Samsung makes?

Here is where it gets interesting.  It might come to a point where Google will need Samsung more than Samsung needs Google.  And it might come to a point where Samsung can dictate Android development, not Google.

And when that time comes, we'll know if Google really meant that it will work with all of its partners, even a big one like Samsung, or try to play favorites via Motorola Mobility, which Google is in the process of taking over.

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