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Android phones account for half of U.S. market share; 4G is King.

May 4, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka



There has been an abundance of reports in the recent months noting that Android is the leading smartphone platform. Canalys echoed that main sentiment once again in its Q1 2011 analysis, but it discovered something pretty interesting: almost half of smartphones shipped in the United States last quarter were powered by Google Android.

Canalys reports that Android now has a 49 percent market share, continuing the trend of Android being the leading smartphone operating system in the U.S. That’s an increase from the 43.6 percent share reported in Q3 2010. Canalys originally attributed the popularity to the HTC EVO, Droid X, and other high-end Android devices that ate away at RIM’s stronghold in the smartphone wars. This time around, much of the credit goes to a prevalence of 4G devices.

“The popularity of 4G-branded models, such as the Samsung Galaxy S 4G, HTC EVO Shift 4G and the T-Mobile myTouch 4G, heavily influenced US market shipments this past quarter,” the Canalys report states.

An estimated 600,000 4G-capable phones – ranging from AT&T and T-Mobile’s HSPA+ networks, Sprint’s WiMax, and Verizon’s LTE – were shipped in Q1 (sales numbers not available). This shows that carriers are betting big that Android will continue to command consumer attention and be critical in their 4G strategies. Anyone walking into a U.S. carrier and requesting the faster speeds of a 4G device will have to choose Android for the near future, which should give Open Handset Alliance members a leg-up on the competition.

Here are some other stats from the report

  • Smartphone shipments were up in every region of the world. Q1 2011 shipments were 101 million, an 83 percent increase from the 55.2 million reported in Q1 2010.
  • The Asia Pacific region had the highest growth of shipments (98 percent) and the Europe/Middle East/Africa had the lowest (67 percent).
  • The United States had the highest smartphone shipments estimated in any single country.
  • HTC is now the top Android manufacturer in the United States, according to Canalys. The EVO 4G, Inspire 4G, myTouch 4G, Thunderbolt, and other smartphones pushed HTC to have more than 200 percent growth. HTC is behind only Apple in U.S. shipments.
  • All Android manufacturers shipped “well over 3 million devices” according to Canalys. The top 5 were HTC, Samsung, LG, Motorola, and Sony Ericsson. (LG’s Optimus line sold well in all regions and pushed LG ahead of Motorola).