Android now on nearly half of all smartphones

Android now on nearly half of all smartphones
There are over 500,000 daily Android activations and we know this for a fact, but the platform has proliferated to now reach nearly half of all smartphones in the world, research gurus from Canalys stated in a report summarizing data for the second quarter of the year. To be perfectly correct, Android's exact market share stands at 48% as per the researchers, with Asia Pacific being the largest market out there.  

Google's platform has taken the crown by shipments in the fourth quarter of 2010 and since then it's only increasing its presence. In the second quarter, Android phone shipments stood at 51.9 million units, skyrocketing 379% on the year. Samsung, HTC and LG were in the forefront of the Android race and not surprisingly the home countries of those companies showed strongest presence of the platform – 85% in South Korea and 71% in Taiwan. There were more than 107.7 million smartphones in general shipped in the second quarter, an impressive 73% growth year-on-year. 

Meanwhile, the iPhone and iOS outgrew Nokia and moved to the second most popular mobile OS spot with 20.3 million iPhones sold. Apple's OS has a market share of some 19% in smartphones. “With the next-generation iPhone anticipated in Q3, it’s likely that Apple’s position will grow even stronger in the second half of the year,” principal analyst at Canalys Chris Jones said. 

At the same time, Jones noted that Samsung which was best positioned to capitalize on Nokia's decline, failed to do this to a full extent. Nonetheless, the South Korean company was the biggest Android vendor registering 17 million in shipped devices.

Windows Phone device shipments are still very small at less than 1.5 million units, Canalys added. Microsoft's financial results for the fiscal year ending this quarter showed that the company has registered less than $600 million in WP7 sales, which is far from impressive.

source: Canalys

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15 Comments

1. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Goddamn toy car got low on batteries and kept going off, which woke me up. But, while I'm still awake, might as well say hi and mention that these are amazing numbers. Let the war begin. Oh, and I'm warning you, Taco. Don't start any s**t. Final warning. I want to be able to back you up, so don't screw it up. Nobody else start anything either. No excuses. Let's have some peace around here, okay?

2. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

This is quite an accomplishment indeed. My question is what the heck happened over in Schaumburg? Motorola practically started the Android craze, but suddenly got lazy. The Phonton and Bionic had better bring some serious muscle, because I can't see them getting a third chance.

6. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Motorola is only just now accelerating their international presence.

8. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

you get to the top, you get complacent. It happens to nearly every company. Everyone tries to out do you and eventually u get taken over. 48% to 19%. Wow, just a month a go it was 40% to 18%. man, that iphone5 better be incredible. :)

11. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I think Motorola will bounce back. People want solid, good quality phones. Motorola IS delivering that! If Motorola can just make a bigger splash outside of the U.S., people will see what a good product Motorola has. The Motorola Photon 4G got a 9 out of 10. The Droid 3 is a solid phone, the Droid X2 is another winner, & the Droid Bionic (if it ever comes out) will be the best phone they have. People WILL see that & I think they will be fine.

3. Irad123

Posts: 32; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

Motorola make the best android phones. Atrix, Droid 3, Droid X2, Bionic, Photon - some of the best in the industry - they just don't get respect...

4. dionddc

Posts: 129; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

iOS = owned.

7. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

LOL, keep dreaming. iOS is posting record numbers, unlike Android. only reason why Android has such inflated numbers is because it's spread across so many platforms. I can take a p.o.s. phone and slap Android onto it and it'd be no different than the statistical data in this article. Plain and simple, Android also has a high retention rate because customers don't want to be bother with all the ridiculous features that can take some time to learn. People may flame Apple, but at least iOS is easily learnable outside of the box.

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

miz.. iOS sold 20 million devices Android sold 52 million devices for the quarter. i know your not able to not be a fanboy, but it looks like android is the one posting record numbers here. Every month they raise "XXX androids activated daily" by nearly 50k.

10. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

The_Miz look this is all personal opinion. People out in the world have the ability to make a choice just like you can. People are choosing Android over Apple. This isn't some controlled communist thing. It's not like people are being oppressed into buying Android. People are the consumer, people are the ones who go to the retailers & pay with their hard earned money. People in the US & the rest of the world are not being coerced in to buying Android. Facts are people like Android over Apple. This isn't some mass conspiracy the whole world came up with so we as a single unit can bring Apple down. I truly promise you this. People have just as much exposure to Apple as they do Android. People just want the little green robot, not a little apple. lol I really think people are getting bored with iOS.

12. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

btw, android is extremely easy to learn. People only get lost when you talk about rooting. Its not difficult in the least

13. box unregistered

Android itself is a platform, ergo it cannot be "spread across so many platforms" as you state. Also, there are particular hardware requirements to make Android load, just as there are hardware requirements for computer operating systems, i.e. you can't install Windows7 on something originally designed for Windows95, or on something designed for Mac OS6: chipsets, GPUs, CPUs, memory, speed, etc, they're all factors in determining a compatible OS. Android actually requires more higher-end chips than Symbian, iOS, or Blackberry, hence the introduction of higher-frequency chipsets and multiple cores

14. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

I think what The_Miz is saying that Android is gaining so much market share due to the open source nature of it all. Google doesn't have requirements set for manufacturers to use the OS. After all, there are a lot of Android phones still being released now with outdated OS versions and less than stellar specs (like 600MHz processors, etc.). The numbers are impressive, but then again, not really because the OS is open source. Compare to iPhone/iOS, which is handled by Apple and only Apple. Still, the iPhone and iOS sell due to brand name alone. Android sells, IMO, because of the myriad of phone choices on multiple carriers, even prepaid ones.

15. dionddc

Posts: 129; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

All those people who disagree with me, read the title of this article. I don't want your pathetic excuses. Android is beating iOS.

16. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

While I am a serious Android supporter and avid Apple hater. I will say this about those numbers stated at the top of this board, they equate to 157.5 million Android activations a year which is half of America. I don't think that 500,000 a day number is accurate.

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