Why Android’s ongoing domination actually matters

It’s easy to get obsessed over numbers — especially when it comes to something as volatile as operating system market share.

(And yes, I realize that may be one of the nerdiest sentences I’ve ever written. I’m okay with that.)

Silly as it sounds, it’s true: For anyone interested in mobile tech, watching market share numbers can be like watching a dramatic race — one where the once-overlooked underdog is now leading the pack and leaving the former frontrunners in the dust, one by one.

It’s hard to think of Android as an underdog these days, but in its infancy — way back in the ancient era of 2008 to 2010 — those of us who dared to look past the platform’s humble start and toward the bigger picture forming around it were treated like floundering fools on the virtual town square.

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