Analyst firm Gartner has released its Q3 2010 smartphone estimates, and things are getting downright ridiculous for Android, which has seen 628 percent growth over Q3 2009 and is now the No. 2 selling smartphone OS worldwide for Q3 2010. There were some 20 million units sold to end users (that’s you and me) in the third quarter, compared to 1.4 million in the third quarter of 2009.
I’ve been saying for months now that the it’s the 80’s all over again. While I still think Apple’s iPhone has the most polished and usable interface, unless they make dramatic changes in how they sell the iPhone the writing is on the wall. iPhone won’t go away, but without multi-carrier/multi-form-factor for iPhone there will be no stopping the Android juggernaut.