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Google's mobile platform is now the most popular in the US

Android smartphone shipments up almost 900%

Global shipments of Android smartphones grew by 886 per cent last quarter, analysts have found.

Researchers attribute the unprecedented year-on-year rise in Q2 to new product launches from the likes of HTC, Motorola, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and LG.

Android devices represented a 34 per cent share of the US market in the quarter, making Google’s platform the country’s most popular.

“Our detailed and complete country-level smart phone shipment data for Q2 2010 clearly reveals the impressive momentum Android is gaining in markets around the world,” said Canalys VP and principal analyst Chris Jones. “These products have been well received by the market, with consumers eager to download and engage with mobile applications and services, such as Internet browsing, social networking, games and navigation.”

In terms of vendors, Nokia retained its substantial lead in the global smartphone market, with a 38 per cent share. The Finland-based firm shipped a record 23.8 million units during the quarter.

RIM was once again the second placed vendor, with BlackBerry shipments rising 41 per cent, thanks to the popularity of devices such as the Curve 8520. The firm had an 18 per cent market share in Q2.

Despite the iPhone 4 antenna debacle, Apple held a 13 per cent share of the market, representing 61 per cent growth.

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