Android overtakes BlackBerry and iPhone in sales becoming the largest smartphone platform in US

August 2, 2010, By Thomas Antony

The inevitable has finally happened. According to the latest stats from Canalys, Android has overtaken BlackBerry and iPhone in sales to get the title of being the largest smartphone platform in the US.

This is largely thanks to a whole army of devices from HTC, Motorola and smaller Android manufacturers to amount to a total of 34 percent of American smartphones this spring.

With this, it has just enough to edge out RIM’s 32.1 percent market share and Apple’s 21.7 percent. HTC’s devices, the Droid Incredible, Evo 4G and others took the largest slice of the pice at 14.4% with Motorola, LG and others filling in behind them.

Motorola is also due to get a significant boost in US market share this summer as the Droid X and Droid 2 will be Verizon’s flagship models.

This corresponds to a growth of 886% year-on-year in Q2 2010 for Android worldwide and 851% in the US. Until this summer, Samsung and Sony Ericsson were significant factors in Android sales, but only outside of the US. In China, Nokia still dominates the market at 77% while Motorola has just 4.7%.

However China Mobile’s decision to use the Android-derived Open Mobile System forms a kind of government backed assistance. With a population of 1.3 billion, China represents a market with enormous growth potential and Canalys expects Android to be among the platforms that will drive growth in the coming quarters and years.

As for worldwide figures, Nokia’s European and Asian strengths come into play with a 38-percent market share, making them the number one smartphone company. The worldwide smartphone market grew by 64-percent annually in the quarter, with Apple with a 13% market share seeing 61-percent growth.

Apple’s growth is still significant, but many now believe the company’s exclusivity deal with AT&T has become a liability in the US. With the safety of knowing the iPhone wouldn’t be available on other major networks, Google has made Android the premier smartphone platform at Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile, in many cases pushing the BlackBerry aside.

Will Android be successful in keeping its hard-won crown? We’ll see in the coming months.

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