Roundup: Winners, losers in smartphone revolution
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LOS ANGEES, Mar. 6, 2011 (Xinhua News Agency) -- Cell phones have become smarter in the past years with its function almost matching a computer, and in the smartphone revolution, Apple's iPhone is a latecomer but has become a rising star, Android Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) phone is getting the upper hand, while Windows Mobile, the early bird, has become a loser.

The battle for the smartphone market seems like a Marathon. Those who started earlier were not necessarily the winner.

According to Wikipedia, in 2001 Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) announced its Windows CE Pocket PC OS and the next year it was offered as "Microsoft Windows Powered Smartphone 2002."

Microsoft originally defined its Windows Smartphone products as lacking a touchscreen and offering a lower screen resolution compared to its sibling Pocket PC devices.

In early 2002 Handspring released the Palm OS Treo smartphone, utilizing a full keyboard that combined wireless web browsing, email, calendar, and contact organizer with mobile third-party applications that could be downloaded or synced with a computer.

In 2002 RIM released the first BlackBerry which was the first smartphone optimized for wireless email use and had achieved a total customer base of 32 million subscribers by December 2009.

In 2007 Nokia (NYSE:NOK) launched the Nokia N95 which integrated a wide range of features into a consumer-oriented smartphone: GPS, a 5- megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash, 3G and wi-fi connectivity and TV-out. In the next few years these features became standard on high-end smartphones.

In February 2011 Nokia announced a plan to make Microsoft Windows Phone 7 its high end smartphone operating system, reducing MeeGo to a research platform while still keeping Symbian for mid range and low range products.

Comparing with Windows Mobile and BlackBerry, Apple's iPhone and Android Google phones are younger brothers and sisters. However, the two latecomers became the strong competitors to lead the smartphone market.

According to Wikipedia, it was not until 2007 that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) introduced its first iPhone. It was initially costly, priced at 500 U.S. dollars for the cheaper of two models on top of a two- year contract.

However, it was one of the first smartphones to be mainly controlled through its touchscreen. It was the first mobile phone to use a multi-touch interface, and it featured a web browser that was described as "far superior" to anything offered by that of its competitors.

The Android operating system for smartphones was released in 2008. Android is an open source platform backed by Google along with major hardware and software developers such as Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) , HTC, ARM,Motorola and Samsung that form the Open Handset Alliance.

The first phone to use the Android OS was the HTC Dream, branded for distribution by T-Mobile as the G1. The software suite included on the phone consists of integration with Google's proprietary applications, such as Maps, Calendar, and Gmail, and a full HTML web browser.

Now it is not exaggerating to say that there is an iPhone fever in the world. The release of iPhone 4 last year has pushed the smartphone to a new age.

On March 2, 2011, at the iPad 2 event in San Francisco, Apple announced that the company has sold 100 million iPhones worldwide.

There is no statistic to show how many Android phones have been sold. However, Google Vice President Andy Rubin announced in June last year that 160,000 Android devices were being sold per day, which is a sharp increase from the previous month when Google announced that 100,000 Android devices were being sold each day.

The Computerworld reported on Friday that Android smartphones beat out iPhone and BlackBerry devices for the first time in the U. S. in the latest Nielsen survey conducted just prior to Verizon (NYSE:VZ) Wireless sales of the iPhone.

According to the survey, Android devices made by several manufacturers were used by 29 percent of the U.S. market in the November-through-January reporting period. In comparison, Apple iPhones and BlackBerry devices from Research In Motion (TSX:RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM) each had a 27-percent share.

According to the survey, the three top smartphone operating systems were in a statistical dead heat.

Meanwhile, the Windows Mobile and Windows Phone 7 smartphones had a 10-percent share of the U.S. market from November through January, while WebOS from Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ) had 4 percent and Symbian from Nokia had 2 percent.

In the smartphone battle, the United States seemed to be lagging behind many countries at the beginning, but things began to change when Apple released its first iPhone in 2007. Now the world smartphone market consists of varieties of smartphones, but the designs and operation systems were all or almost all invented in the U.S. and Canada.

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