The original Droid smartphone on the Verizon (s vz) network is still the top Android phone. The hot smartphone platform is definitely Android (s goog), and that is due to the number of hot phones are on the market. New phones are appearing almost every week which keeps things moving right along. Chitika Research, a division of the search-targeted ad network, is watching the Android space with interest, and have developed a real-time “Droid 2 Tracker.”
The Droid 2 is the new version of the Motorola (s mot) Droid, and given the success of the original, the new Droid will probably be a hot seller. It’s not shipping in volume yet, so there are few in the wild, but Chitika wants to keep an eye on how fast the Droid 2 blasts off. The tracker paints a good picture of how well all the top Android phones compare in actual web usage, a good indicator for how many are in user’s hands.
According to Chitika, the Droid usage is almost four times the nearest competitor: the Sprint (s s) EVO 4G. Verizon’s Droid Incredible is in third, with the original Android phone — the T-Mobile G1 — showing respectable numbers. The biggest surprise is the Droid X. It’s only in fifth place on the list, but that’s pretty good for a phone only available for a few weeks.
We’re going to keep an eye on this unusual tracker since it’s updated in real time. It will be interesting to see how the new Droid 2 factors into the numbers once it starts shipping. Will it knock the other Android phones down the list, or will consumers currently using another platform convert?
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