The latest in a series of ‘Android passing iPhone’ stats comes from Nielsen and Canalys this morning.
The news should hardly be a surprise to readers of this blog, but today two different reports show that Android is destroying the Smartphone competition in the US, the world’s largest smartphone market. And it isn’t just iPhone this time. For the first time, Android is out in front of Blackberry. Androids prospects in China, the second biggest Smartphone market are also looking bright.
Canalys says that
Nielsen (via GigaOm) shows the incredible growth over the first part of the year for the Android platform as it crosses iPhone into Blackberry territory. If you extrapolate those lines out another month or two, you’ll get numbers very similar to Canalys’, above.
Can anything stop Android? Will Blackberry 6?…
The news comes on the eve of Blackberry’s OS 6 announcement (which I’ll be covering for Fortune tomorrow at noon). It is certainly too early to tell, but it would seem unlikely that Blackberry is going to be able to release anything that can stand up to Android. To make matters worse, both Motorola and Samsung are prepping Android-powered Blackberry form factor devices.
Canalys had some very good things to say about Android in China as well:
One more thing: Here is a great analysis by Google employee Tim Bray on the the scope of the Smartphone Game (via Daring Fireball).