Report: Android Phones Vault to the Top

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The Google Android operating system became the most popular smartphone platform in the U.S. in the second quarter, according to a report.

HTC EVO 4G, one of the many Google Android phones that helped it become the number one smartphone operating system in the US.

While nearly every major smartphone operating system grew its market share in the second quarter, Android’s 886 percent growth took the biggest leap. A report from Canalys, a technology research firm, says the growth came from HTC, Motorola, Samsung, Sony Ericcson and LG adopting Android. Android phones represented 34 percent of the US market.“The latest release of our detailed and complete country-level smart phone shipment data for the second quarter clearly reveals the impressive momentum Android is gaining in markets around the world. In the United States, for example, we have seen the largest carrier, Verizon Wireless, heavily promoting high-profile Android devices, such as the Droid by Motorola and the Droid Incredible by HTC. These products have been well received by the market, with consumers eager to download and engage with mobile applications and services, such as Internet browsing, social networking, games and navigation,” said Canalys vice president and principal analyst, Chris Jones in a statement.

Worldwide, the smartphone market grew 64 percent. Along with the Google Android phones, each of the major smartphone players saw significant growth. RIM’s Blackberry phones grew 41 percent, Apple’s iPhones grew 64 percent and Nokia, while not known for its smartphone prowess, still grew 41 percent year-over-year in the sector.

Along with taking the top spot in the U.S., Android also made significant gains in Asia. Canalys analyst Ty Lau said 475,000 Android devices were shipped out to China in the second quarter. Considering there were no Google Android phones in the country a year ago, this is an impressive leap. Android devices had a seven percent share in China for the quarter.

By Gabriel Perna at International Business Times

Meanwhile the overall growth of smarthpones calls into play its overall increasing impact in the cell phone industry. “Expect to see smart phones accounting for a growing proportion of the wider mobile phone market as they become increasingly affordable to more customers. By 2013, smart phones will grow to represent over 27% of shipments worldwide, with the proportion in some developed markets in Western Europe surpassing 60% and 48% in North America,” Pete Cunningham, Canalys senior analyst, said in a statement.

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