It is amazing to see Google’s Android OS dominating the smartphone space in less than five years. I guess Open Source software really does help create a large community of developers and help push the envelop on new features targeted for mobile devices. The mind boggling statistic is the 48 billion applications that have been installed in 900 million Android devices by May 2013 (according to Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_(operating_system)
As we’ve seen over the past few years, Blackberry’s OS, once a dominant OS, has seen its share dwindle to a miserable 3%, down from 5% a year ago. Goes to show it is extremely challenging to go it alone and maintain a proprietary platform. Blackberry got blind sighted and left behind by its competitors. It is now contemplating going private to fix its issues out of the limelight. Not sure if this is going to help, really.