Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread and now Honeycomb: these are the tasty names Google has given to Android releases since acquiring Android, Inc. in August 2005.
The platform’s gone bonkers in the mobile space ever since with a Nielsen report out today that says the Android OS has a 39 percent share of the US smartphone market. By comparison, Apple’s iOS has a 28 percent market share.
Android’s success is driven by that fact that much of the software stack it includes is released under an open source license, allowing phone makers to take it, augment it for their purposes and get to market.
So what about Honeycomb, the May release sepcifically optimized for tablets and large screen devices? Will Honeycomb do the same for tablets that its earlier flavors did for smartphones?
Analysts don’t really think so. As John Gruber writes, unlike the iPhone which entered a crowded mobile market and fought for market share, the iPad created the tablet market.
Think tablets and you’re basically thinking iPad.
It will be tough for Android, or any other OS, to disrupt that mindshare.