Android Now Owns Nearly Half the Global Smartphone Market

by Sam Dean - Aug. 02, 2011Comments (0)

Not only is the smartphone market itself surging, but one market research firm shows Android at nearly 50 percent of the global smartphone market. The data from Canalys also shows that Android is handily leading Apple's iOS in market share, and that the worldwide smartphone market grew 73 percent year-on-year, with more than 107.7 million units shipping in the second quarter of 2011.

Canalys researchers track smartphones in 56 countries, and the company's latest report shows that Android led in 35 of them, with global market share of 48 percent. Asia Pacific (APAC) remained the largest regional market, with 39.8 million units shipping there, compared with 35.0 million in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and 32.9 million in the Americas.

Growth for the Android platform is astronomical. Android-based smartphone shipments were up 379 percent over a year ago to 51.9 million units, according to the report, with was also the strongest growth driver this quarter, with Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, ZTE and Huawei phones selling especially well.

With shipments of 20.3 million iPhones and a 19 percent market share in smartphones, Apple is actually the leading individual smartphone vendor, although its iOS share is well behind Android's at this point.  Canalys data shows that Apple has overtaken Nokia’s Symbian platform in terms of market share--one more sign of Nokia's deep slide.



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