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Android's wide selection of smart phones available on many different carriers have earned it a big lead in the U.S. and second place in global shipments. The Linux distribution is closing in on global leader Nokia in total sales.

The Apple iPhone now leads the U.S. market for any single smart phone manufacturer. (Android is supported by multiple manufacturers)  (Source: Bruce on Games)
Android army looks unstoppable, posting unbelievable 1,309 percent year-to-year growth globally

Apple's iPhone is continuing to grow in sales, but the gap between it in and Google's Android in the United States is widening, as is Android's lead over Research in Motion (RIM).  That's the take home message of a new research report from Canalys.

Canalys caught a lot of attention as the first market research firm to report that Android (formally the "Open Handset Alliance" (OHA), the group of hardware providers that make smartphones powered by Google's Android OS) had passed Apple's iPhone in U.S. That report was later confirmed by the NPD Group.

The latest Canalys report says that Apple now has "the lead in U.S. smartphone market."  That means that it is the single best-selling smartphone on the market, whereas there are a number of individual smartphones that makeup the OHA.

Overall Android shipped 9.1 million units in Q3 2010, to take a commanding lead with 43.6 percent of the U.S. market.  Apple shipped 5.5 million units, with 26.2 percent of the market.  RIM was a hair behind, with 5.1 million units shipped and 24.2 percent of the market.

Microsoft's phone woes continued as it awaits the Windows Phone 7, which will land on Monday, November 8.  The company only managed to ship 600,000 Windows Mobile handsets, dropping it to a 3.0 percent market share.  

Recent HP-acquisition Palm was conspicuously absent from the list due to lack of sufficient sales.  Palm, like Microsoft, is betting on a new platform to revive its near-death sales.  Palm is preparing webOS 2.0 and recently announced its first new hardware since the Pre Plus.  Several other devices are also reportedly in the works.

Turning to global market, Canalys reports that worldwide smartphone shipments grew 95 percent from Q3 2009 with 80.9 million shipped units this last quarter.  Globally, Nokia leads with 33 percent of the global market, Apple holds 17 percent of the market, and RIM holds a 15 percent market share.  Android, grew 1,309 percent since Q3 2009.  It shipped 1.4 million units globally in Q3 2009, and 20.0 million units globally in Q4 2009.  The OS accounted for 25 percent of global smartphone shipments and now only trails Nokia.

The Canalys global smartphone report, combined with the recent IDC report on the total global phone market (including non-smartphones), paint a relatively complete picture when it comes to global sales.

Based on recent research into Apple's extreme profitability, it's evident that the Cupertino corporation doesn't need to outsell Google's platform to make boatloads of money.  It's equally evident that Android handsets are grossly outselling Apple's iPhone, even as the iPhone edges ahead of veteran player RIM.  Likewise RIM can take comfort in that it posted a large increase in volume -- even if it did fall behind Apple and Android.  And Nokia can take comfort in that it's still posting small growth and holding steady in market share.  Thus there's a bit of good news for everybody in this report -- except perhaps Microsoft and Palm.

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By amanojaku on 11/1/2010 12:35:59 PM , Rating: 5
Based on recent research into Apple's extreme profitability, it's evident that the Cupertino corporation doesn't need to outsell Google's platform to make boatloads of money.
It's a shame that Apple sells about half the volume of other manufacturers, yet manages to reap in nearly twice as much profit per phone when compared to the competition. And none of that due to better build quality, features, performance, or service.

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Jobs - Therefore, iFleece

RE: Sigh
By kmmatney on 11/1/10, Rating: -1
RE: Sigh
By R3T4rd on 11/2/2010 3:53:01 AM , Rating: 2
If ur talking about Battery life for Apple Laptop...yes. Anything else from Apple is rather an explosive topic.

RE: Sigh
By retepallen on 11/2/2010 3:59:21 AM , Rating: 2
That was a baaaad joke. You're making me look sheepish.

RE: Sigh
By corduroygt on 11/1/10, Rating: -1
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By Flunk on 11/1/2010 1:28:54 PM , Rating: 3
That's a silly generalization, there are a lot of other smartphone models. Some of which have much better build quality than the iPhone. Some of which break when you drop them once.

RE: Sigh
By R3T4rd on 11/2/2010 4:29:48 AM , Rating: 2
iPhone4 - Atenna issue and front and back glass shattering?

So you are telling me, if you hold your iPhone4 wrong and it looses its signal significantly, that it drops your call, that this is just a build quality? The most basic functionality of a "Phone" is to make calls. Wow, truly must be a feature then in your "definition" of build quality.

iPhone with glass front and back and is easily shattered? Even if you have a protective case it can still shatter. So, a perfectly nice plastic back, like most other phones, that don't shatter and break, is bad? Also, in light of this, you'd send your iPhone4 in every so often when the glass breaks? Good luck waiting weeks for your phone. Just my opinion but, I want a phone I can use daily and not have to send in for repairs waiting weeks to get it back only to send it in again. Therefore, in your words, plastic is cheap - it doesn't cose me $$$ because it doesn't break and Glass is expensive because it breaks all the time. So again, this must be a feature and part of the iPhone4 build quality.

There has been many articles on the web about iPhone4 issues. So either you are being really sarcastic - in which case I find none. Or you are another clueless consumer who drinks the Apple Koolaid or you are just another Troll. I can't even imagine the money you'll spend on maintenance on the iPhone or heck Apple Products. I guess that is the "Magical" essence of "Apple" when Steve Jobs keep gouging you for $$$.

Please, if you don't know what you are talking about, don't post. It makes you look stupid especially on a Tech Site.

RE: Sigh
By Donkey2008 on 11/2/2010 12:30:52 PM , Rating: 1
It is spelled "antenna". Does your Android have a dictionary app? I mean one that works with your model and doesn't crash every 15 seconds?

RE: Sigh
By R3T4rd on 11/3/2010 3:51:30 AM , Rating: 2
So i r misses typed "antenna" but you knoes what I ments. Didn't choo? LOL @ gramar troles. Silly Troles, I r not in skoolz any more.

And I r ownorz no Androidmedas.

*rolls eyes*....really. He posted that just to say I can't spell "atenna"? ROFL.

RE: Sigh
By rudy on 11/1/2010 5:26:55 PM , Rating: 3
This is the advantage of a completely closed system when you do get a win in you win big with huge profits. However the disadvantage is also here apple by themself simply cannot keep up with independant software and hardware developers each moving their own part of the device forward. Now android is kicking it in full gear and their hardware partners are competing with each other to produce the best phones. The system will always oscilate between the 2 business models as companies try to differentiate but as they do so lock themself into something that is slower to progress then move back.

RE: Sigh
By Donkey2008 on 11/2/2010 12:37:12 PM , Rating: 2
Thank you for a logical post. +1

RE: Sigh
By DukeN on 11/2/2010 10:13:40 AM , Rating: 2
And iphone users = iPhonies

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