Smartphone sales continue to grow ,and Android extended its lead as the number one smartphone operating system in the second quarter this year, according to a new report.
Google controlled 43.4% of the market share, with 46.8 million Android based-smartphones sold, according to market-research company Gartner. Compared to the 10.7 million units sold and 17.2% market share Google represented in 2Q10, the Android maker more than doubled its shares.
As for the rest of the market, smartphone sales grew from 100.8 million to 107.7 million units and were up 74% from a year ago. The Symbian OS, which was second to Android, was up to 23 million units, with a market share of 22.1%.
Though the iPhone 4 will soon be replaced by a new model, sales increased due to the addition of 42 new carriers and 15 new countries by Apple in the second quarter. The Cupertino-based company continued as the number two smartphone maker and its iOS ranked third as the largest smartphone operating system, with the iOS controlling 18.2% of market shares.
The BlackBerry OS experienced a significant decline to a 11.7% share of the world market in the second quarter of 2011, down from 18.7% a year ago. Gartner credits this drop to an aging lineup of products, as well as an aging operating system.
Nokia was still the biggest phone and smartphone maker, according to Gartner. Yet the company’s market share dropped from 30.3% to 22.8%. However, Nokia could face more losses in the future due to its focus on Windows-based smartphones, which are not doing well with sales in the first three months totaling just 1.6 million units.