It would seem that the reports of Android’s explosive grown in the third quarter may not have been as out of line as some people originally thought.
Yesterday we brought you the news of a report from Canalys about smartphone sales that left blogs such as TechCrunch calling it “dubious” as it asserted that Android had seen a ten percent jump in its operating system marketshare from the quarter before. The first report put Android at 43.6 percent, and NPD is pegging it at 44 percent, so it’s looking like the number is going to old as being real.
What is far more fascinating than the OS War is the fact that smartphones jumped to 46 percent of market sales for the quarter, up from 28 percent for the same time period last year. This means that things are far more in line with the sale of feature phones than they have ever been before. What’s odd, however, is that the sales are coming at the cost of basic phones, and not feature phones, so people are jumping from phones that do nothing to going to handsets that do everything.
With Windows Phone 7 now in the mix, and webOS 2 on the horizon, it sounds to us like things are going to get even more interesting in 2011.