Android has grown to become the number one smartphone platform in 35 out of 56 countries tracked by analytics firm Canalys, amounting to a 48 percent total market share world-wide. With the number Android leads its nearest competitor, Apple, by nearly 30 percent. The iPhone manufacturer may have shipped 20.3 million devices, but their share totals only 19 percent. Still, that figure is enough to knock the flailing Nokia down a few rungs. Also doing better than Nokia: Samsung. Still, Canalys analyst Chris Jones believe the Korean manufacturer could be doing more to capitalize on Nokia’s weakened state. A year-over-year increase by 421 percent saw Samsung shipping 17 million handsets combined between their Android and Bada efforts.
With a rising global presence Android is only becoming a bigger target for the patent hounds who have been feasting on Google’s spoils as of late. But we won’t dwell on that for the time being.