NEW YORK (MainStreet) Android's cheaper operating system is poised to take over the cell phone market globally, giving Apple a run for its money in more ways than one, according to new data.
"Sales of Android phones have skyrocketed not only in developing countries but also around the world and as handset adoption continues to climb in Android's favor, more businesses focus their mobile efforts towards their operating system," said Nikki Parker, regional director with Freelancer.com North America.
Freelancer.com data reveals that employment at iPhone is down 10.5% to 9,136 and iPad jobs are down 18.4% from 3,133 to 2,556 jobs while employment at Android has been steady at 11,083 jobs. "Android is doing much better than iOS because of its open architecture and the lack of new advancements from Apple," said Victor Janulaitis, CEO with Janco Associates. "Steve Jobs is sorely missed as Apple does not have an individual or group of individuals who have the same kind of vision as he did."
Many tech sector jobs in Silicon Valley were mostly created by innovators like Google, but recent layoffs by Hewlett Packard (HP) and Microsoft have created a drag on the employment market.
"HP and Microsoft are both legacy corporations that are going through the same stagnation that IBM did when the PC came out," Janulaitis told MainStreet. "Whether they can thrive again will depend on if they can adapt."
Since June, more than 48,000 jobs have been cut from the tech sector not including 18,000 at Microsoft. Some 16,000 cuts are anticipated at HP.
"In the case of HP and Microsoft, long term growth will be based on what competitive advantage they can present," Janulaitis said. "In the near term, there will continue to be additional adverse impacts in the surrounding metro areas where there is a high reliance on jobs from both of those companies."