Skip to comments.Android Captures Nearly 50% of Global Smartphone Market
Posted on 08/02/2011 2:38:01 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler
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The platform has been making big strides during the past year, overtaking Symbian in Q4 of 2010 to become the top smartphone platform, representing a 32.9% market share at that time.
Smartphone adoption continues to grow rapidly across the world, reaching a total of 107.7 million units shipped in Q2 of 2011, a 73% year-on-year growth.
Android was the biggest driver of smartphone shipments in Q2, as Android-based smartphone shipments were up 379% year-over-year, coming in at 51.9 million total units shipped. The report cites successful Android-based products from vendors such as Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, ZTE and Huawei, as a catalyst for the platforms growth.
Apple also fared well, with iOS overtaking Nokias Symbian platform to rise from third to second place. A total of 20.3 million iPhones were shipped and Apple raked in a market share of 19%. Apple also became the worlds leading individual smartphone vendor, stripping Nokia of its long-held leadership position.
Samsung also passed Nokia, which has faced a rapid decline in demand across many markets. However, Nokia is still holding strong at number one in emerging markets, including Brazil, Russia, India and China.
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Very impressive growth!
I scroll and scroll thru android apps on my Infuse 4G.. nice little gadget.
Still need to take a tablet leap and soon, wifi only is fine, looking for recommendations.
There are some nice tablets out there. I just got a Samsung Galaxy 7 that I use wifi only. So far I like it. I sure there are cheaper ones that perform as well. I got a special deal on this one.
Oh hey, thanks for the heads up. I didn’t catch it. That was the link provided by Fast Company in today’s article. They tarted it up as though it was new. Should call it Slow Company.
The extra large, bold type makes you seem like an obnoxious sort, but I know you were really just trying to help me cross the street, like a good boy scout!