Respected wireless industry market research firm Canalys released their second quarter smartphone market report. Canalys, like many of the other top research firms in the industry, found that Android is still seeing explosive growth. Not only that but Smartphones as a whole moved up 73% in Q2.
Canalys reports that Android shipments increased 379% in the second quarter of 2011 over the same quarter in 2010. Android shipped 51.9 million units in Q2. This moved Android up to 48% of worldwide smartphone shipments in the quarter.
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Apple’s iOS saw 20.3 million units shipped in Q2. This was good enough to uproot Symbian from the number 2 spot with 19% of the market share despite the fact that Android share is more than double. Apple became the world’s largest individual smartphone vendor.
Samsung was the world’s largest Android device vendor and the number two vendor overall in the market with shipments of 17.0 million units. Samsung phone shipments increased by 421% from the same quarter in 2010. Samsung’s successful quarter stems from the shipment of their own branded Android devices, ODM devices like the Google Nexus S and the T-Mobile sidekick and devices shipping with Samsung’s Bada platform.
Canalys was very critical of Samsung in this quarterly report though, suggesting that Samsung didn’t take full advantage of the sliding shipments at Nokia.
‘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 Chris Jones, Vice President and Principal Analyst at Canalys. ‘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 markets.’
HTC had great success in the North American markets rising to a 21% share in North America this quarter. This was partially at the expense of Apple who saw their North American share drop from 31% to 25% last quarter.
Canalys warns not to count RIM out just yet. They say RIM is still picking up steam in emerging markets. RIM may also have found in ally in the Russian government who may switch from iPad to Playbook for security reasons.