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Android's all-star lineup (some of which is pictured here) has propelled it to top RIM (BlackBerry) and Apple (iPhone) in the smartphone market.
Google posts an amazing 886 percent year-to-year growth in sales

When Google's Android mobile OS launched it was met with skepticism, pessimism, and doubt. Slowly but surely, Google recruited new hardware partners, launched new handsets, eventually reaching sales of 65,000 units a day -- then 100,000.  And Google maintained a relentless pace of OS releases -- with such high profile updates as Android 1.5, 2.02.1, and, most recently, 2.2 (Froyo).

Now market researcher Canalys claims that Google is now the top player in the U.S. smartphone market in terms of market share.  According to Canalys's extensive study, Google owns 34 percent of the market compared to Research in Motion's 32 percent and Apple's 21.7 percent.

Propelled by wildly successful handsets like HTC Hero (October 2009), Motorola Droid (November 2009), HTC Droid Incredible (April 2010), HTC EVO 4G (June 2010), and Motorola Droid X (July 2010), Google has dominated the market with an astounding sales growth of 886 percent.

Perhaps the only analogy to what Google is doing in the history of operating systems is Microsoft's incredible conquest of the personal computer operating system market with Windows.  Much like Windows, Google's multi-hardware OEM, open approach, focused on providing customers with a broad array of choices, is crushing its more specialized competitors, like Apple (which ironically was similarly crushed by Microsoft in the PC OS market).

That's not to say that Apple or RIM are posting financial losses.  In fact, Apple grew 61 percent in sales year-to-year and RIM grew 41 percent.  What is happening, though, is that they appear to be missing the growth opportunity that Android has found with its open, third-party hardware model.

Android's success looks especially scary considering that it appears to just be getting warmed up. Android 3.0 "Gingerbread" should launch this holiday season with some pretty amazing new features. Motorola, HTC, and others are reportedly already cooking up new high end handsets to accompany the OS launch.

In terms of individual hardware OEMs, Nokia still is the dominant party, owning 38 percent of the market. Overall smartphone sales rose 64 percent on a year-to-year basis.



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By honkj on 8/2/2010 2:15:44 PM , Rating: -1
ok I see what they did... they are assuming Nokia has smart phones of the same class as an iPhone or Evo or droid....

the world number that i showed was off in this respect, they are using, it looks like, any phone as a smart phone with a keyboard of some sort to come up total world number, they appear to be using 64 million world wide smart phones as their number, using anything that has more functions than a regular phone and classifying it as a smart phone...

anyway, using the US number, Apple has sold 8.4 million world wide... about half of these are in the US...

so about 28% market share of the US... and who knows for the World, since Canalys appears to be using anything with a keyboard as a smart phone....

in otherwords, not very comparable numbers....

for a more comparable relationship..... Apple sold more Smart phones than HTC, and more than Motorola for the US and world... and less phones than RIM and Nokia if using phones with keyboards as a definition of a smart phone... but Apple also sole more than anyone if using a large multi touch screen as a type of a category of smart phones...

that is more of a proper perspective...


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