Canalys: Apple grabbed 26% of the U.S. smartphone market in Q3November 1, 2010: 8:04 AM ET
But the combined sales of Android handsets give Google's OS a commanding 44% share
The good news is that Apple took the lead from Research in Motion's (RIMM) BlackBerry with shipments of 5.5 million iPhones in the U.S. for a 26.2% market share.
The bad news is that Google's (GOOG) Android is winning the OS wars, shipping 9.1 million units to the U.S. market for a 43.6% share.
In the battle for global smartphone dominance, Nokia (NOK) still leads with a 33% share, although its margin is shrinking. Apple nosed ahead of RIM worldwide, gaining a 17% share to RIM's 15%.
But the big winner globally, as in the U.S., was Google's Open Handset Alliance. Sales of Android phones were up 1,309% year-over-year, according to Canalys, from 1.4 million in calendar Q3 2009 to more than 20.0 million units in Q3 2010, giving the OS a 25% worldwide market share.
Below: Canalys' spreadsheet.
NPD's numbers, also out Monday, are slightly different: Android 44%, Apple 23%, RIM 22%. See here.
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