Nov 01 AT 5:56 PM Nick Gray 23 Comments

Android becomes #1 smartphone OS, Q3 numbers 1,309% higher than last year

If you haven’t heard, the Android OS is pretty popular these days.  Both the NPD and Canalys have released their Q3 numbers, which paint a pretty picture for our favorite green mascot.  Some of us were expecting Android’s unprecedented growth to slow down just a bit after the huge numbers posted in Q2, but that simply was not the case.

The numbers from Canalys show that Android sales in Q3 of 2010 were up 1,309 percent over the same quarter last year.  To put that into perspective, Android has gone from roughly 3% of smartphone sales in Q3 of 2009 to over 43% just one year later.  The tremendous growth puts Android at 17 percentage points ahead of Apple’s iOS phones and over 40 percentage points over Microsoft’s Windows Mobile.

NPD’s analysis basically sums up the same story.  While we all like to take a few jabs at Apple when we can; Ross Rubin, executive director of industry analysis for NPD points out that “Much of Android’s quarterly share growth came at the expense of RIM, rather than Apple. The HTC EVO 4G, Motorola Droid X, and other new high-end Android devices have been gaining momentum at carriers that traditionally have been strong RIM distributors, and the recent introduction of the BlackBerry Torch has done little to stem the tide. ”

The folks over at NPD were also kind enough to share their list of top 5 best selling handsets for the quarter.  The Apple iPhone 4 did come out on top, but Android did have the Motorola DROID X and the HTC EVO 4G as great brand ambassadors on the list.

With a handful of new devices expected to arrive before the holiday season, Android’s growth is far from over.  What percentage of the smartphone market sales will Android have under its belt once the Q4 numbers are in?

Source: NPD

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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