Galaxy Quest: Samsung Now King of the Androids
Motorola’s Droid is no longer the doer it once was when it first debuted–in market share terms, anyway. The company has ceded its Android crown to Samsung, which now ranks as first in the United States among Android manufacturers. The company was responsible for 32.1 percent of all Android smartphones sold in the States in the third quarter, according to Gartner, a massive 300 percent increase over the fourth quarter of 2009, when it sold only 9.2 percent of them.
The engine for that spike in sales? Samsung’s Galaxy S phones, which the company distributes through six U.S. carriers, among them AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile. Samsung says it has now shipped three million Galaxy S smartphones since the line’s mid-July launch.
And how did other Android vendors fare in Gartner’s rankings? Motorola placed second, HTC came in a close third and LG a very distant fourth.
U.S. RANKINGS: ANDROID
Seems Motorola’s alliance with Verizon is finally beginning to cost it a bit of market share.
“Motorola, by launching its key Android devices on Verizon Wireless, was able to gain significant market share in the U.S. but is now in a difficult position as their Android business is too reliant on Verizon Wireless with roughly 40-50% of their worldwide Android sales coming from Verizon,” Gartner analyst Hugues De La Vergne told me. “With a rumored iPhone coming to Verizon in Q1, Motorola is the hardware vendor that has the most to lose.”