With Google Android leading the markets in 35 of 56 countries, there is no question that it is still the leading smartphone OS in the world.
According to market research firm Canalys, there were 51.9 million units of Google Android devices shipped in the second quarter of 2011, amounting to an impressive 379% growth over the same quarter a year ago. This enabled Google Android to capture a majority 48% of the market share.
Apple managed to ship 20.3 million iOS smartphones, which allowed it to overtake Nokia and secured the second position with 19% market share. It is also the top smartphone vendor. Research in Motion, which manufactures BlackBerry phones, saw its market share shrink again even though its global shipments increased 11% in Q2. Windows Phone only garnered one percent of the market with less than 1.5 million devices shipped in the same period.
With the rumored iPhone 5 coming in September or October, will we see Apple reclaim its crown from Android? Will the hot-selling Samsung Galaxy S II help Android maintain its lead? We shall see in the coming months.