Service provicers are spending the most time testing the Blackberry OS, but Android-based phones are gaining and the Microsoft Windows and Symbian OS continue to lose share with developers, according to data from mobile developer testing specialist DeviceAnywhere .
The data, which measures testing of smartphones on the four major U.S mobile networks, is released monthly with the latest numbers coming from January of 2010. In DeviceAnywhere’s measure of time spent on the OS, BlackBerry lead the way with 58.5% usage, up from 50.6% from January of 2009. Microsoft Windows Mobile fell from 22.5% in January of 2009 to 16.2%% and Android jumped from 2% to 5%.
Here are a few bullet points from the research:
- Android Testing On the Rise.
- From a standing start in 2009, Android has become the fourth most tested smartphone Operating System in DeviceAnywhere Test Center in the United States.
- The Android-based T-Mobile G1 has risen to become the most-tested device on the T-Mobile Virtual Developer Lab.
- Less Time Spent on Microsoft Windows Phones.
- The time spent on Windows Mobile dropped significantly from 26.5% in January ‘09 to 16.2% in January ‘10, as a proportion of total time spent on smartphones in DeviceAnywhere Test Center.
- Handset Manufacturers without Established App Stores Holding Up Well.
- While industry discussion has focused on app stores, testing on mobile devices from application developers, web, content and media companies has taken a wider view.
- The second, third and fourth most popular devices for testing on DeviceAnywhere Test Center are Samsung, Motorola and LG respectively, all of which do not yet have US application storefronts.
In terms of popular devices driving usage, the BlackBerry 9000 and the Apple iPhone were the most popular on the AT&T network. On Sprint, it was the BlackBerry Curve (8330) and the Palm Pre. On T-Mobile it was the HTC G1 and the Motorola V2 and on Verizon BlackBerry led the way with the 9630 with the 8330 in the first and second spot.