Canalys reported that shipments of smartphones running Google-backed Android operating system grew an impressive 886% in Q2 2010. The United States, being the largest smart phone market worldwide, had a 41% market growth from last year with 14.7 million units accounting for 23% of global shipments in Q2 2010. Android devices collectively represented a 34% share of the US market in the quarter, and with growth of 851% Android became the largest smartphone platform in the country.
Canalys VP and Principal Analyst, Chris Jones, commenting on the publication said:
"In the United States, for example, we have seen the largest carrier, Verizon Wireless, heavily promoting high-profile Android devices, such as the Droid by Motorola and the Droid Incredible by HTC. These products have been well received by the market, with consumers eager to download and engage with mobile applications and services, such as Internet browsing, social networking, games and navigation."
Despite Android's remarkable progress, Nokia retained a substantial lead in the worldwide smartphone market in Q2 2010, achieving a 38% market share. Nokia's market share comes mostly from overseas.
Shipments of RIM's BlackBerry smart phones placed it at second place once again with an 18% market share and 41% growth. RIM also retained its leadership position in North and Latin America. Initial shipments of the iPhone 4 were predictably strong and contributed to Apple's 61% growth and worldwide market share of 13% for the quarter.
Android devices are gaining in South Korea and China. HTC just announced that they will be launching there own branded devices in China. China was the worlds second largest smartphone market in Q2 for the sixth consecutive quarter, with shipments of 6.9 million units representing 11% of the worldwide total. Android devices combined reached almost 475,000 units in Q2 2010 from no units just a year ago. Nokia dominates the Chinese market, but Canalys expects the Android platform to drive growth in the coming quarters.
With all of the the new phones coming out on the Android platform, Android continues to grow. Other platforms should worry as Android is growing at a fast pace. Competitors will have to make changes to stay in competition or go to the wayside. Android is here to stay and they have the big powerhouse, Google, behind it. If you don't have an Android phone, what are you waiting for?