Android sales surge 886 per cent

Huge year-on-year rise for Google

Numbers show Big G is putting Apple in the shade.

Sales of Android blowers have gone through the roof in the last year, with a new report claiming that shipments of phones packing Google’s OS have gone up a mind-bending 886 per cent year-on-year.

The numbers come from stats types Canalys, which compared the number of phones shifted in the second quarter of 2009 with the second quarter of 2010. It’s no surprise Google is doing better, with only a smattering of Android handsets out this time last year, compared to the raft of stellar efforts available now.

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The stats show Apple’s iPhone grew by a far more modest 60 per cent over the same time. And Google’s success now means that it has 17.1 per cent of worldwide smartphone share, compared with Cupertino’s 13.5 per cent. Symbian, for all its recent struggles, is still way out in front with 43.5 per cent thanks largely to S60 appearing in stacks of mid-range devices.

It comes as figures from US analysts Nielsen show Android sales pushing forward across the pond, with new punters picking Android rather than Apple. During the first half of 2010, 27 per cent of smartphone noobs plumped for Google, while 23 per cent went for Apple.

With FroYo getting the seal of approval from T3 readers and a string of new Android phones planned before the year is out, it seems Google’s stated aim of giving Apple a hearty slapdown is well on its way to be being achieved.

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Via BBC and Macrumors