Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) is expected to make a number of announcements during the highly anticipated Google I/O developer conference and among those announcements is that it almost has 2 billion Android users.
According to Greg Sterling from a watchdog firm called The Search Engine, the company will most likely make the announcement during the conference. Sterling claims that the company is a long way off from dominating the operating system market, however. Google revealed that it had 1.4 billion users in September last year during an event that the firm used to promote its Nexus devices.
The IDC research organization claims that Android will achieve 82.6% market share by the end of 2016 which is slightly above the 81.2% market share achieved last year. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will most likely achieve 15.2% market share with iOS by the end of the current year which is a slight decline compared to 15.8% market share recorded in 2015. Google will most likely use the I/O conference as a platform to reveal some of the changes it made to the Android OS. It will give a deeper perspective of the features that it previewed in March.
The latest Android OS version that the company has been working on is called the Android N, and the company is also expected to have a detailed discussion about it. Some of the features are that the Android N will include the ability to operate two apps at the same time through split-screen functionality. It is also rumored that the new Android OS version will also feature better battery performance and a faster app installation process.
Google’s previous OS update was the Android M, which was released in 2015. The update included support for fingerprint security, rapid charging and user permissions among other features. The company’s aim with Android is to make it the dominant OS by offering it free to manufacturers. This has been one of the strategies that has helped it gain traction and edge over the competition.