That the Google Android operating system has been successful in attracting significantly more applications for consumers in its first year.

According to a report by the New York Times, more cell phone makers are turning to the free Android operating system made by Microsoft’s latest nemesis, Google.

Cell phone makers that have used Windows Mobile to run their top-of-the-line smartphones — including Samsung, LG, Kyocera, Sony Ericsson — are now also making Android devices. Twelve Android handsets have been announced this year, with dozens more expected next year. Motorola has dropped Windows Mobile from its line entirely in a switch to Android. HTC, a major cellphone maker, expects half its phones sold this year to run Android. Dell is using Android for its entry into the cellphone market.