Google’s Android operating system has captured the biggest share of smartphone shipments in the US, overtaking Apple and RIM.
According to research firm Canalys, 9.1 million devices running the Android operating system (which include the likes of the HTC Desire and Samsung Galaxy S), were shipped during Q3 2010 in the US, compared to 5.5 million iPhones.
In terms of worldwide smartphone sales, Nokia still has a 33% share, holding onto its position as market leader. But Android is catching-up fast.
Worldwide, Android devices saw a 1,309% increase in shipments in a single financial year (between the third quarter of 2009 and third quarter of 2010), from 1.4 million units to more than 20 million.
‘Android has been well received by the market and in some geographies it is becoming a sought-after consumer brand,’ commented Canalys senior analyst Pete Cunningham. ‘It has rapidly become the platform to watch, and its growing volumes will help to entice developers, ensuring consumers have access to an increasingly rich and vibrant mobile content and application ecosystem.’
At the other end of the scale, devices running Microsoft’s Windows Mobile OS accounted for just 3% of the worldwide smartphone market. Windows Phone 7 certainly has a mountain to climb, but it can only go up from here.