Gartner Nov. 2010

Analyst firm Gartner has released its Q3 2010 smartphone estimates, and things are getting downright ridiculous for Android, which has seen 628 percent growth over Q3 2009 and is now the No. 2 smartphone OS worldwide. There were some 20 million units sold to end users (that's you and me) in the third quarter, compared to 1.4 million in the third quarter of 2009. Think back. What was the hot phone this time last year? (And remember that the Motorola Droid wasn't even out yet.)

Overall worldwide, smartphone sales grew 96 percent over Q3 2009 -- they effectively doubled -- and now make up 19.3 percent of all mobile phone sales. Anyone want to place a bet on how big things will be in another year? Check out the full breakdown at the source link. [Gartner]

Update: Fixed the headline and story to reflect percentage change and not percentage points. And going to get coffee now.


Reader comments

Analyst: Android grows 628 percent year-over-year for third quarter


This is a hostile take over, lol. I am glad to see Android grow so fast, its just a great os all around and Only those who are to stupid to see what makes it stand out from the rest. Like others it has its flaws but the pros out weigh any of its cons, I wonder what would happen if Google adds a pure music and video there android market?

"We think some of our friends are counting upgrades in their numbers."

Wait, no. He already tried that line. Well hell, who's stopping him from making false accusations again!

"the iPhone is still the top phone sold in Apple stores... uh wait..."
that's all he'll be able to say soon enough!

"and is now the No. 2 smartphone OS worldwide"... for the third quarter of 2010.

I'm all in on Android, but I don't know that this is total figures, just for the quarter. So the growth figures are true, but I don't think this specific chart is saying that OVERALL Android is 2nd place.

I believe this is total overall sales worldwide for that quarter. Its not the installed base...which Android is now like just a couple of percentage points behind iOS now I believe.

Saying "22% growth" is misleading. I would describe it as 1,339% growth. It is a net gain of 22% in total market share.

I wonder how Steve Jobs will react to this news! Come out with another blast against Google using phony info?