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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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RE: uhh, someone got some number way off....
By dwalton on 8/2/2010 7:41:06 PM , Rating: -1
Motorola could release a new Droid every month and pull Droid X launch month US sales number (350K) and it would still take over 6 months to do what the iphone 4 did in 3 days. In fact if you add up all the launch number for the new Android based phone it would add it to no where near 5 million in US sales.


RE: uhh, someone got some number way off....
By Gio6518 on 8/2/2010 8:17:51 PM , Rating: 4
Sure it would of they just underestimated its demand and didn't produce enough. Also just like other iPhone models high demand at first then sales dwindle rapidly. Apple properly prepared for its launch, you forget a couple things.
1) customer knew it was coming and were amply stocked they didn't really increase market share since most.were upgrades from older iPhone models
2) Steve jobs creates a lot of artificial hype with bogus numbers.
3) those numbers are a worldwide launch, not just US.


RE: uhh, someone got some number way off....
By Gio6518 on 8/2/2010 9:18:54 PM , Rating: 2
There's a big difference in a phone for a US launch aimed at 400 million compared to a worldwide launch aimed at 8 billion, since 1/20 of the population is in the US take that 4 million in sales divide by 20 and that would equal to 200k, of course these numbers aren't accurate since official numbers released by an unbiased 3rd party for only US sales (at least to my knowledge) hasn't been released.

These numbers are for US marketshare.

And a person updating from a 3g to an iPhone 4 doesn't increase marketshare, only a person without an iPhone then buys one would increase marketshare. Like how Sprint has 250k new members because of the EVO is an increase in marketshare.


By darkblade33 on 8/2/2010 11:25:49 PM , Rating: 2
I dont completely disagree with what you say, but you have to look at the whole picture. There is enough data to suggest true growth in any market whether is Droid, Rim, or iPhone. The reason is more and more people are moving away from simple handhelds to smartphones. I still know ALOT of people with simple handhelds that only want a phone.


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