The research firm known as NPD has gone ahead and released their calculations for the second quarter, 2011, and the numbers are looking just as strong as always for Android. If anyone has been keeping track, the mobile operating system from Google has been on top for the last few months, so the new numbers from NPD shouldn’t come as a surprise. But, it is good to see that our favorite OS is keeping its crown as best it can. Unfortunately, it can’t all be good news (at least not at this exact moment), as the NPD report shows that Motorola’s position in the market has taken a significant hit.
Specifically, the report indicates that despite Motorola’s presence in the smartphone market over the last several years, the company has slipped quite a bit. In the phone market, Motorola now only holds 9 percent. In the smartphone market, it now only holds a 12 percent market share. But, what’s worse, is that Motorola’s Android sales dropped from 44 percent to 22 percent in this most recent report. Good news could be on the horizon, though, as the acquisition of Motorola Mobility by Google, if achieved, could put things back on the right path for Motorola. The NPD executive director of industry, Ross Rubin, said that “Google’s acquisition of Motorola shifts the balance of power in the handset-patent conflict between Google and its operating system competitors.” Rubin goes on to add that, “Closer ties to the heart of Android can help inspire new paths to differentiation.” In the end, it looks like Motorola’s future could be bright if this acquisition goes through, but at this moment, things aren’t looking too good.
However, with devices like the Motorola DROID Bionic on the horizon, and even rumored devices like the DROID HD, Motorola Mobility’s presence in the market could start to see a shift for the positive.