Originally Posted by anonymouse
You seem confused. Not surprising. It's the Canalys numbers that require explanation and appear to be misrepresenting "Google*" share. Gartner is always wrong, so their numbers aren't even valid for consideration, except for the fact that, unsurprisingly, they don't match up with anyone else's numbers.
No, you are confused. This entire section of DED's article, which is regurtitated trash from the original one he wrote is factually WRONG. Again, go read what Gartner wrote for yourself. If you have an IQ over 30 you can figure it out.
"Gartner similarly counted blockbuster growth for Android in the third quarter of 2011, but relegated most of this growth into a bucket of "other" manufacturers. The top tier of recognizable Android makers, including HTC, Motorola and Samsung, all of which Google has partnered with to release new versions of Android, have all experienced far more moderate growth in sales numbers (or in the case of Motorola, shrinking sales).
That suggests most the growth in "Android" numbers is coming from no-name vendors selling devices in countries such as China, using devices that don't support Google's development of the OS (via ads or search services) nor even expand the platform in any meaningful way that could benefit Android users.
If you read what Gartner wrote, all of the 20.5 million Android phones can be explained by the named manufacturers, with Samsung the biggest, accounting for over 6 million. The big growth in the other category is from non 3G non smart phones and has absolutely NOTHING to do with Apple, Google, Android or anything else we care about. Once again, go read it yourself and come back here and tell me what DED wrote is not completely false. PLEASE.