Google's Android operating system remains the largest smartphone platform after it increased its global market share to 48% in Q2 2011 after shipping 51.9 million units.
According to figures released yesterday (1 August) by analyst firm Canalys, the popular operating system now accounts for just under half of global market shipments, and is also number one in 35 of the 56 countries Canalys track. Android's growth was up 379% on a year ago driven by products from Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, ZTE and Huawei in particular.
Apple’s iOS was named as the second largest smartphone platform after overtaking Nokia’s Symbian with 19% of the market share. The computer giant also surpassed Nokia as the world's largest individual smartphone vendor after shipping 20.3 million iPhones.
Canalys VP and principal analyst Chris Jones said: ‘The iPhone has been a phenomenal success story for Apple and a watershed product for the market.
‘It’s an impressive success story, given that Apple has only been in the smartphone market for four years. With the next-generation iPhone anticipated in Q3, it’s likely that Apple’s position will grow even stronger in the second half of the year.’
Meanwhile, Samsung also overtook Nokia after its shipments rose 421% to 17 million year on year.
Jones said: ‘It's [Samsung's] the best placed vendor to grow at Nokia's expense, taking advantage of its global scale and channel reach, but it hasn't yet done enough to capitalise on this, particularly in emerging markets.’