The mobile market is growing and expanding like a wild fire in a desert. A total of 107.7 million units were shipped in second quarter of 2011. This represents an increase of 73% year over year with second quarter of 2010, according to market research firm, Canalys.
Out of the total of 56 nations in the research, Android was top in 35 of them. In 2Q2011, Android commanded a global share of 48%. Asia Pacific was the largest regional market with about with 39.8 million units shipping there, compared with 35.0 million in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and 32.9 million in the Americas, according to the research firm.
Android topped the chart, for the first time, in the smartphone OS platform in 4Q10 and its shipment were up in the second quarter by 379 percent compared with the same quarter a year before to 51.9 million units. Today, there are many companies that build on Android, including Fasmicro, Microscale Embedded, Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, ZTE and Huawei.
Meanwhile, iPhone and iOS have passed Symbian platform in 2Q2011 to the second place behind Android. The former shipped 20.3 million and commanded a market share of 19% in 2Q2011. Simply, Nokia has been knocked out as the world’s leading smartphone vendor. Samsung also moved ahead of Nokia, Canalys observed.
Tekedia expects this momentum of Android to continue and as we have predicted, it will become the platform of the future especially with the support Google provides across nations and cities.