We knew the smartphone industry has been growing but Canalys’ findings have shown the smartphone market grew by 64% annually wordwide in the second quarter of 2010. Nokia remained the biggest smartphone manufacturer, achieiving 38% market share after shipping a record 23.8 million smartphones but still found its performance outpaced by the overall growth of the smartphone market as a whole.
RIM’s BlackBerry smartphone shipments grew by 41%, helping the company to remain the second biggest smartphone manufacturer with a market share of 18%, although the company still dominates the North and Latin American markets. Despite negative press surrounding its antenna issues, Apple shipments were still very strong and contributed towards growth of 61% and a 13% share of the market.
The biggest surprise was how much Android had grown in Q2; shipments of Android-powered handsets grew by an incredible 886%, from the previous year. At its current rate of growth, Nokia and Apple shipments could soon be overtaken by the open-source mobile operating system.
The US smartphone market continues to expand, growing 41% on last year, cementing its place as the largest smartphone market in the world by quite a margin with 14.7 million units shipped, 23% of global shipments during the same period. Android devices represented a 34% share of the US market, growing by 851% in the US alone.
Pretty huge numbers for Google; Apple, Nokia and RIM might be feeling a little uncomfortable right now.