Motorola has made some significant headway in the smartphone market, by betting heavily on the Google Android platform, according to the latest report by AdMob, which analyzes the most popular types of handsets in its ad network.
Motorola’s successes also signal the strength of the Android operating system. In North America, Android’s share grew throughout the year reaching 27 percent in the fourth quarter, which was by far the highest penetration in any region. Besides Motorola, other well-performing handsets running Android included the HTC Dream, Hero, Magic and Droid Eris and the Samsung Moment. The BlackBerry 8300 and Palm Pre also made the top 10 list in North America.
Worldwide Android’s growth was less dramatic, but still managed to jump from 1 percent In the fourth quarter 2008 to 16 percent in the fourth quarter 2009.