Android is cleaning up in the smartphone space, according to the latest findings by research firm Gartner.
Google’s popular mobile operating system now powers better than one quarter of all smartphones in use globally. One year ago, that figure was less than 4%.
Android’s booming business is even more impressive when considering the growth of the smartphone marketplace as a whole.
Smartphone sales, reported by Gartner, grew 96% from the third quarter in 2009. And smartphones accounted for 19.3% of total mobile phone sales in the third quarter of this year.
Worldwide mobile phone sales grew 35% in Q3 of 2010.
Gartner projects that Android phones constituted better than 75% of all Verizon Wireless smartphone sales during the third quarter of this year.
“This is the third consecutive double-digit increase in sales year-on-year, indicating that consumer demand is healthy,” said Carolina Milanesi, research vice president at Gartner.
“This quarter saw Apple and Android drive record smartphone sales. Apple’s share of the smartphone market surpassed Research In Motion (RIM) in North America to put it second behind Android while Android volumes also grew rapidly making it the No. 2 operating system worldwide.”