Android Smartphones Gain Market Share as Nokia, BlackBerry Lose, IDC Says

HTC Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co., smartphone makers that sell handsets running on the Android operating system, gained market share worldwide last quarter as the Google Inc. software became more popular.Samsung, which unveiled the Galaxy line of Android-based devices last year, almost tripled its share of the global smartphone market to 9.6 percent as its shipments rose more than fivefold, research firm IDC Corp. said today. HTC almost doubled its portion to 8.5 percent and more than tripled shipments.To read this Bloomberg report in full, see: see:Android drives big smartphone growth in 2010, IDC says
Worldwide smartphone shipments were up 75%, to 302 million in 2010, a trend driven by impressive Android growth in the fourth quarter, market research firm IDC said.In the fourth quarter, nearly 101 million smartphones shipped globally, up 87% over the prior year, IDC said in a report released Monday. outranks iPhone in latest US comScore data
Google’s Android outranked Apple’s iPhone in total smartphone subscribers in the U.S. at the end of the fourth quarter of 2010, according to survey data released Monday by market research company comScore.Android accounted for 28.7% of the 63.2 million U.S. smartphone owners at the end of December, up from 21.4% at the end of September, comScore said. It based its findings on a survey of more than 12,000 smartphone subscribers ages 13 and older.

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