It’s clear that Android is very much an operating system on the up, but the latest figures from research outfit Canalys make it clearer that the OS is turning into a real force to be reckoned with.
In the second quarter of 2010, the firm reckons Android smartphone shipments have increased by almost 900% compared to the same quarter of 2009.
This is all on the back of some pretty impressive handsets which have launched from players like HTC, Samsung, Motorola and Sony Ericsson.
In the US, figures from Canalys suggest that Android powered devices accounted for 34% of the market in the quarter.
Nokia remains the top performing smartphone manufacturer, according to the report, with a 38% market share worldwide. Rim is behind it in second place with 18%, whereas Apple, despite Antennagate, has shown robust growth to snare a 13% share this quarter.
Canalys also gazed into the smartphone crystal ball, with Senior Analyst Pete Cunningham commenting: “Expect to see smartphones accounting for a growing proportion of the wider mobile phone market as they become increasingly affordable to more customers.”
“By 2013, smartphones will grow to represent over 27% of shipments worldwide, with the proportion in some developed markets in Western Europe surpassing 60% and 48% in North America.”