LONDON – The global smartphone market was 107.7 million units in 2Q11, an increase of 73 percent compared with 2Q10, according to market research firm Canalys Ltd.
Of the 56 countries Canalys tracks around the world, Android led in 35 of them and achieved a global market share of 48 percent. Asia Pacific (APAC) remained the largest regional market, with 39.8 million units shipping there, compared with 35.0 million in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and 32.9 million in the Americas, Canalys said.
Android became the leading smartphone platform in 4Q10 and its shipment were up in the second quarter by 379 percent compared with the same quarter a year before to 51.9 million units. Leading Android smartphone vendors include: Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, ZTE and Huawei.
With shipments of 20.3 million and a market share of 19% in Q2, iPhones and iOS overtook Nokia’s Symbian platform during the quarter to take second place worldwide. In doing so, Apple displaced Nokia as the world’s leading smartphone vendor. Samsung also moved ahead of Nokia, Canalys reckons.
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