43.4 per cent global smartphone share for Android in Q2 says Gartner

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by Stuart Dredge
Thursday, August 11th 2011

43.4 per cent global smartphone share for Android in Q2 says Gartner

But disagrees with Canalys in placing Symbian ahead of iOS for the quarter.

Gartner’s latest mobile market stats claim that Android took a 43.4% share of global smartphone shipments in the second quarter of 2011: 46.8 million devices. However, its estimate that Symbian took second place conflicts with the figures issued by rival firm Canalys.

Here are Gartner’s figures: Android in top spot (46.8m / 43.4%), followed by Symbian (23.9m / 22.1%), iOS (19.6m / 18.2%), BlackBerry (12.7m / 11.7%), Bada (2m / 1.9%), Windows Mobile/Phone (1.7m / 1.6%) and Others (1m / 1%).

By contrast, Canalys had Android top with 51.9 million units and a 48% market share, followed by iOS with 20.3 million / 19%. Why the difference? Well, Canalys is tracking shipments, while Gartner’s estimates are for sales to end users – a more accurate reflection of the success of the various platforms, as long as the company gets its numbers right.

Gartner’s stats show that Android more than doubled its market share year-on-year from 17.2% in Q2 2010, while iOS increased its share from 14.1% a year ago. Symbian’s share plummeted from 40.9% a year ago, while BlackBerry also saw a significant fall from 18.7% to 11.7%. Bada, meanwhile, more than doubled its share from 0.9% in Q2 2010.

Gartner thinks that 107.7 million smartphones were sold in Q2 this year, up 74% year-on-year, and now accounting for 25% of all mobile sales. Overall, the company estimates that 428.7 million mobile handsets were sold in Q2.

“Smartphone sales continued to rise at the expense of feature phones,” says Roberta Cozza, principal research analyst at Gartner. “Consumers in mature markets are choosing entry-level and midrange Android smartphones over feature phones, partly due to carriers’ and manufacturers’ promotions.