according to the new quarterly reports from the largest cell phone manufacturers, the global market share of android vis-a-vis other smartphone OS’s has just about passed the 10% mark in the first calendar quarter of 2010. in other words, android has roughly doubled its market share compared to the previous quarter. and since the iphone market share is flat at 17%, this means that android is rapidly catching up with the iphone.
these numbers come with some caveats, though. first of all, android’s sales number is calculated from the claim that they sell 60,000 devices per day – first announced in february at the mobile world congress, and later repeated in google’s quarterly report. this number, which corresponds to about 5.4m per quarter, is compared to nokia’s estimate of the size of the entire smartphone market, at 56m devices. either of these numbers could be flawed, so one should judge them with some caution at least until the market analysis firms release their reports for the first quarter.
my source for all of these numbers is two posts from the communities dominate brands blog:
can’t vouch for the accuracy of the information, but it does fit well with recent trends. unless iphone sales pick up strongly and the android growth rate decreases, we might see iphone and android neck-to-neck by the end of the year!