Saturday, October 16, 2010

Android Makers Took Share From Apple, ISuppli Says


Google Inc.’s Android operating system helped smartphone makers who use the software win market share from Apple Inc.’s iPhone in the second quarter, researcher ISuppli said in a report today.

HTC Corp., which makes some of the Droid models for Verizon Wireless, increased shipments 63 percent from the first quarter, boosting its share of the global smartphone market to 8 percent, ISuppli said. Samsung Electronics Co., which released the Galaxy line of Android devices, increased shipments by 56 percent.

Android is gaining popularity as more manufacturers take advantage of the software that Google offers for free. ISuppli has projected that it will be used in more phones worldwide than Apple’s software by 2012. Second-quarter shipments at Apple, the third-largest smartphone maker, declined 4 percent worldwide from the first quarter, ISuppli said.

Google gained $2.55 to $541.39 at 4 p.m. New York time in Nasdaq Stock Market trading. The Mountain View, California-based company has lost 13 percent this year. Apple added $3.18 to $298.54.

Nokia Oyj, the largest smartphone maker globally, increased its market share to 40 percent in the second quarter from 39 percent in the previous period after boosting shipments by 12 percent. Research In Motion Ltd., the No. 2 smartphone maker, maintained its market share as shipments of its BlackBerry device grew 7 percent sequentially.

The Android platform is already the most popular smartphone software in the U.S., according to a separate study from Gartner Inc.