Here’s another data point to support Android’s growing dominance of the smartphone.
Analysis firm Canalys reports Android phones took 35% of the world’s smartphone market share for the first quarter of the year. That’s up from 32.9% the quarter before.
Android is the number one smartphone platform for the second quarter in a row by Canalys’ measure.
Nokia’s share of the smartphone market sank all the way to 24% for Q1, down from 39% the year prior.
Apple’s share of the market was 19%, up from 16% the quarter prior. (Canalys says RIM dropped, but doesn’t provide a share number.)
What’s driving Android’s growth? Canalys says, “HTC, Samsung, LG, Motorola and Sony Ericsson drove Android shipments in the first quarter, with each vendor shipping well over 3 million devices.”
Canalys also reports the Asian-Pacific region is now the biggest smartphone market in the world with 37% of the market. North America has 24% of the market.