March 25, 2009 | by Robert Nelson
According to a recent report from AdMob, Android is now responsible for 5.2 percent of the US smartphone web traffic. All-in-all, I would say this is a pretty respectable number considering the short time span that the G1 has been available. Sure, it is not nearly as large as the 49.5 percent that the iPhone has, but consider the fact that the second spot is the Blackberry 8300 at a much lower 9.1 percent. Additionally, the fourth top smartphone is currently the Palm Centro at 6 percent, which is not all that far ahead of the G1.
It is also nice to see that the G1 is currently beating out the seemingly popular Sidekick II which has just 3.4 percent. Basically, this just goes to show that if you put a decent browser on the phone then people will use it. I look forward to seeing how much higher the G1 will climb in the coming months.
It is important to point out that these numbers are currently based only on US traffic, and as you may expect, the G1 (Android) is not currently ranked on the worldwide scale. Of course, that should change as we see Android based handsets begin to roll out internationally.