Smartphone Sales: New Stats, and a Recap

By  |  Wednesday, August 4, 2010 at 10:43 am

Yet another research report shows booming sales of Android smartphones: NPD, which covers the retail market, says that 33 percent of smartphones sold in the US in the second quarter ran Google’s operating system. RIM’s BlackBerries fell to second place, at 28 percent, and Apple’s iPhones had 22 percent of the market.

NPD’s analysis covers only phones, so there are millions of Apple iOS devices–iPod Touches and iPads–that aren’t part of the tally. Except for a few niche products such as Archos’s tablets and the Nook, Android is still a phone OS, not a general-purpose one; that will change in the months to come as Android tablets (and products such as Google TV) arrive.

Each company that does this sort of number-crunching uses its own methodology, and sales patterns for the rest of the world differ wildly from those for the US. So it’s not surprising that different companies are releasing varying rankings. After the jump, a quick visual recap of some recent stats.





And just for the sake of context and nostalgia, here are some stats from half a decade ago:



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6 Comments For This Post

  1. @jottos Says:

    after yesterday's announcement by RIM, I"m not so sure RIM products will be considered smart phones for very much longer…

  2. House MD Stream Says:

    I agree, as a former RIM investor I sold my shares a while ago, I just don't believe they are blazing a trail anymore.

  3. Jody Says:

    And still Symbian way out in front even after 5 years. Seems the only one left still growing is Android. Apple and RIM are now dead in the water.

  4. Charbax Says:

    You write it wrong, Canalys is Q2 report not Q1 report with Android 34%, RIM 32% and apple 21%

  5. NanoGeek Says:


    Apple's dead in the water? How so?
    Considering that two iPhones are competing against several Android phones, I'd say they are doing great.

  6. IcyFog Says:

    Apple's third and fourth in all but the 2005 stats, but yet the U.S. government and EU are pursuing lawsuits because Apple has a monopoly. That equals waste, fraud and abuse.