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August 5, 2011

Asia-Pacific Driving Android Growth in 2011

A Look at Android


Android accounted for 48% of all smartphone shipments in the second quarter of 2011, according to the latest figures from analyst firm Canalys.

The company estimates that 107.7 million smartphones shipped globally in Q2, up 73% year-on-year, split between Asia Pacific (39.8m), Europe, the Middle East and Africa (35m) and the Americas (32.9m).

But it's that Android growth that stands out from Canalys' figures. The company thinks 51.9 million Android smartphones shipped in Q2, up 379% year-on-year thanks to the efforts of manufacturers including Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, ZTE and Huawei.

APAC is particularly strong for Google, with Android taking an estimated 85% share of the market in South Korea, thanks to strong backing from the local manufacturers.

Canalys has iOS in second place globally with 20.3 million shipments giving iPhone a 19% market share, overtaking Symbian for the first time. The company thinks that less than 1.5 million Windows Phones shipped during Q2, however, giving Microsoft just 1% of the global market.