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T-Mobile maintains its claim to fame as being the first to introduce an Android device with the announcement of the T-Mobile G1 on October 22, 2008. Back then Android was an untested, unproven operating system that more of a Google pet project than a viable contender against the likes of the iPhone, Blackberry and Windows Phone. Fast forward a year and the introduction of the Motorola DROID on Verizon and the rest is as they say…history. Android is now a dominant global player on the smartphone scenes and continues to chip away at the competition as it works toward world domination.
T-Mobile has turned up the heat on its Android game especially within the last six months with the introduction of the first dual-core smartphone in the T-Mobile G2x, G-Slate, Sidekick 4G and HTC Sensation. With the likes of the HTC Ruby, Samsung Hercules and other Android devices on the horizon T-Mobile hopes to make further headway in the Android market. The current leader? Verizon and it’s DROID platform lead the way with a 41.05% Android marketshare. T-Mobile frenemy Sprint is the second highest Android performer with 25.75% marketshare with T-Mobile following behind at 16%. Bringing up the rear is AT&T with a total of 8.72% allowing 8.47% for a smorgasbord of regional carriers. A combined AT&T/T-Mobile would total 24.74% still placing them in the third place spot behind Sprint and Verizon.
T-Mobile’s marketshare has remained stable thanks to a constant flow of Android releases and we hope that the end of the year which will see a number of high profile launches providing T-Mobile with an opportunity to take some marketshare from the competition.