Googles Android market share overtook all worldwide mobile operating system rivals except for Nokias Symbian platform in the third quarter, according to new stats from research firm Gartner Inc.
In the three months ended July 31, Android sales topped 20.5 million units, up from 1.4 million a year earlier. Android was able to capitalize, in part, on Apple Inc.s supply shortage, which helped push Apples iOS into third place. Meanwhile, Research In Motions BlackBerry software sales fell almost 6 percent from 2009s third quarter.
The Apple and Android OS platforms further drove record smartphone sales, said Carolina Milanesi, Gartners research vice president.
This is the third consecutive double-digit increase in sales year-on-year, indicating that consumer demand is healthy,” Milanesi said.
And end users want their smartphones. Those devices accounted for 19.3 percent of overall mobile phone sales in 2010s third quarter, a 96 percent increase over the same period last year.