Nokia has maintained their lead, with 38% market share, mainly because they ship low priced Symbian handsets. Their smartphone shipments increased 41% over a year ago, a record 23.8 million in Q2. In other words, Nokia is actually growing slower than the market.
RIM‚Äôs BlackBerry series of devices also shipped 41% more units compared to the year ago period. The Canadian based manufacturer maintains an 18% market share, putting them right behind Symbian.
Apple‚Äôs iPhone shipments grew 61% over the course of a year, again slower than the 64% total segment growth. These increased shipments still leave it behind RIM, placing it as the third most best selling platform with 13% for the quarter.
The most impressive figures coming out of the data were those for the Android. While the smartphone market grew at a rate of 64%, Android‚Äôs was almost 900%.
The world‚Äôs largest smartphone market, the US grew 41%, with 14.7 million units sold during the quarter. To break that down: Americans buy 1 out of every 5 smartphones sold in the world.
In comparison the second largest smartphone market, China, only purchased 6.9 million smartphones, giving them 11% of the global smartphone market.
In the US: RIM had 32.1% of smartphone sales in Q2, Apple had 21.7%, HTC had 14.4% and ‚Äúothers‚Äù accounted for 31.8%.
While Android‚Äôs numbers are impressive they‚Äôve only just started out. If they can maintain even a quarter of this growth, then they‚Äôre going to quickly become the player to beat