Android Takes Almost Half of Worldwide Smartphone Market: CanalysBy Nathan Eddy | Print
Android, the No. 1 platform by shipments since Q4 2010, was also the strongest growth driver this quarter.
IT analyst firm Canalys published its final worldwide country-level Q2 2011 smart phone market estimates, showing substantial market growth in all regions. Globally, the market grew 73 percent year-on-year, with in excess of 107.7 million units shipping in the second quarter of 2011. Of the 56 countries Canalys tracks around the world, Android led in 35 of them and achieved a global market share of 48 percent. Asia Pacific (APAC) remained the largest regional market, 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.
Android, the No. 1 platform by shipments since Q4 2010, was also the strongest growth driver this quarter, with Android-based smart phone shipments up 379 percent over a year ago to 51.9 million units. Growth was bolstered by strong Android product performances from a number of vendors, including Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, ZTE and Huawei. The final country-level data showed there were particularly strong performances from Android devices in APAC countries, such as South Korea, where Android holds an 85 percent platform share, and Taiwan, where it has 71 percent.
With shipments of 20.3 million iPhones and a market share of 19
percent, iOS overtook Nokia’s Symbian platform during the quarter to
take second place worldwide. In doing so, Apple also became the world’s
leading individual smart phone vendor, stripping Nokia of its long-held
leadership position. Samsung also moved ahead of Nokia, with its
flagship Galaxy S II product performing well, but its overall
performance was underwhelming, considering the opportunities offered by
the upheaval at Nokia, the report noted.
"Samsung has failed to fully capitalize on Nokia’s weakened state
around the world, as the Finnish company rides out a challenging
transitional period,’ said Canalys vice president and principal analyst
Chris Jones. "It’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 capitalize on this, particularly in emerging
Microsoft is also eager to see Nokia’s first Windows Phone products, along with those from its other OEM partners, ship with its Mango update. "A fresh crop of products is certainly needed," said Jones. Fewer than 1.5 million Microsoft-based smart phones shipped during the quarter, equating to a mere one percent share of the global market, down 52 percent against shipments a year ago.
Windows Phone OEM partner HTC saw Android driving the vast majority of its portfolio, but Canalys expects it to continue to be a leading provider of Windows Phone products. HTC achieved particular success in North America this quarter, climbing to a 21 percent share and consolidating its second place position, while Apple’s North American share dropped from 31 percent last quarter to 25 percent this quarter.