Android’s sales numbers go into hyperdrive, leaving competition in the dust

What better way to start the week than by getting some data on how Android is gobbling up the competition like a hungry Pac-Man? Ask and thou shalt receive. Research firm Canalys’ latest report was released this morning. We knew Android was growing fast, but nothing like what Canalys’ report shows. According to the research firm, Android had a whopping 886% worldwide year-over-year growth. In the U.S, that number was 851%, bringing Android’s market share in the U.S. during Q2 to 34%.

Note: We’re talking about sales numbers and not total market share.

The smartphone market as a whole, grew by 64 percent worldwide since Q2 of last year. Meaning, everybody saw their sales grow — just not as much as Android. Nokia still at the top of the chain, with a 38% market share, grew by 41% year-over-year. Next up, RIM’s Blackberry also saw their sales grow from last year with a 41% increase, bringing their worldwide market share to 18%. Despite the “Antennagate” fiasco, Apple also showed some healthy growth numbers. Now with a worldwide market share of 13%, iOS grew by 61%.

Canalys VP and Principal Analyst, Chris Jones, had this to say about Android’s growth data: “clearly reveals the impressive momentum Android is gaining in markets around the world. In the United States, for example, we have seen the largest carrier, Verizon Wireless, heavily promoting high-profile Android devices, such as the Droid by Motorola and the Droid Incredible by HTC. These products have been well received by the market, with consumers eager to download and engage with mobile applications and services, such as Internet browsing, social networking, games and navigation.” We can’t agree enough with what Jones is saying.

Just yesterday, we told you it’s game over, the end, c’est fini, finito for Android’s competitors.  Today, people at RIM, Nokia, and Apple can’t be very happy about these new statistics. This latest report is just the last nail in the coffin. There’s not a doubt in my mind now that Android will come out victorious.

Via GigaOM