RESEARCH PREDICTS that "Android will beat the Iphone ecosystem" this
year, while other players including Research in Motion (RIM), Nokia
and Microsoft are dead in the water.
According to an analysis of vacancies posed on outsourcing marketplace
Freelancer.co.uk, mobile phone jobs were the fastest growing online
job category with a 216 per cent increase to 12,262 jobs in
2011. Android jobs ended 2011 by growing 163 per cent to 7,431 jobs,
double the Iphone's 81 per cent growth rate to 12,527 jobs.
From current growth rates, the research estimates the number of new
applications developed on Android will overtake those on the Iphone in
the fourth quarter of 2012.
While Apple and Android slug it out for the honours, Freelancer's
study cheerfully notes that the "Nokia and Microsoft mobile platforms
are dead". Microsoft was down 29 per cent to 888 jobs, Symbian down 34
per cent to 349 jobs and Nokia down 44 per cent to 488 jobs. All three
recorded significant negative growth for the year and dropped to
negligable job levels.
The world holds two classes of men - intelligent men without
religion, and religious men without intelligence.
-Abu Ala Al-Ma'arri