Android continues to
proliferate as the smartphone market grows. The smartphone market grew
64% in Q2 compared to last year and all indications point to sustained
growth. All major companies are experiencing growths in the numbers of
But it's Android that takes the cake - year-on-year basis it grew an
astonishing 886% in the second quarter. Smartphone market grew 41% in
the US with 14.7 million units shipped. Android devices accounted for
34% of those shipments. Almost a quarter of smartphones shipped
worldwide are in the US, which retains its position as the biggest
market for those devices.
Android is also doing well
in China (which is the world's second largest smartphone market). From
almost no shipments an year ago, in Q2 2010 Android grabbed a 7% market
share in China - 475 thousand units shipped. China's home-brewed OMS
platform (Open Mobile System) a.k.a. OPhone, which is based on Android,
managed 174 thousand units too and should continue to grow.
Nokia remains the world leader in smartphone shipments with a record
23.8 million units shipped for a 41% growth year-on-year. It's
currently enjoying a 38% market share thanks to affordable smartphones
like the Nokia 5230.
Estimates put RIM in second place with 18% market share and strong positions in North and South America with the BlackBerry Curve 8520
pointed out as a strong seller. Apple slots in third position with a
13% market share for Q2. Their shipments were unaffected by all launch
issues with the iPhone 4 and grew up to 61%.