The second quarter of 2010 saw global smartphone shipments increase by 64%, according to the research firm Canalys, with Android devices demonstrating a very respectable 886% year-on-year growth rate.
The increase in Android shipments stems from the release of new handsets from heavyweight vendors, including HTC, LG, Motorola, Samsung and Sony Ericsson. The OS has a strong global presence, having displayed an ‘optimistic’ performance in Asia-Pacific as well as the US.
While Canalys does not provide exact shipment figures, the growth rate was achieved following a slump in 2009. Meanwhile, Nokia held on to its position as the market leader, with a 38% market share and 41% output increase year-on-year (23.8 million units).
Research In Motion saw the same percentage increase in shipments, garnering an 18% market share thanks to its mid-price BlackBerry 8520. Antenna issues didn’t prevent the iPhone 4 from achieving a ‘predictably strong’ shipment growth rate of 61%, giving Apple a 13% share of the global market.
“Expect to see smartphones accounting for a growing proportion of the wider mobile phone market as they become increasingly affordable to more customers,” predicted Canalys’ senior analyst, Pete Cunningham. “By 2013, smartphones will grow to represent over 27 percent of shipments worldwide, with the proportion in some developed markets in Western Europe surpassing 60 percent and 48 percent in North America.”