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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Android becomes top-selling smartphone operating system in the USA

Research company Gartner says worldwide mobile device sales reached 325.6 million units in the second quarter of 2010, a 13.8% increase year-on-year. 19% of all those sales were smartphones, up 50.5% from Q2 2009.

Nokia, Samsung and LG remained the top three device manufacturers worldwide. HTC made its debut in the manufacturer top 10, with 139.1% year-on-year growth giving it the number 8 position.

Research In Motion sold 11.2 million units, making it the fourth biggest selling manufacturer with a 3.4% market share. However, growth of the Android operating system has seen that overtake RIM's BlackBerry OS to become the most-popular smartphone OS in the USA and the third-most-popular operating system in the world (behind Symbian and RIM).

Carolina Milanesi, research vice president at Gartner, said "Although the mobile communication devices market showed double-digit growth this quarter, average selling prices (ASPs) were lower than expected and margins fell. We attribute the decline in ASPs to a stronger dollar, a depreciating euro, and intense competition that drove price adjustments and changes to the product mix."

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