Android at 48% Market Share in Q2

Good news for Google: the Canalys research firm has found that Google's Android OS dominated the worldwide smart device market in the second quarter.

Canalys, which analyzes shipments in 56 countries around the world, found that Android was the leader in 35 of them, leading to the operating system's secure hold on 48 percent market share during the quarter. Android shipments reached 51.9 million, showing massive growth of 379 percent compared with the second quarter of 2010. The OS is especially popular in South Korea, where it captured a whopping 85 percent of the market share. Taiwan wasn't far behind with 71 percent.

Android market share only seems to be going up, because as recently as January Canalys announced that Android's fourth quarter reached 32.9 percent market share with shipments of 33.3 million units, which was up a mind-boggling 615.1 percent over the previous quarter.

Meanwhile, competitors Research in Motion and Microsoft have been struggling; RIM's worldwide shipments were up 11 percent in the second quarter but down 33 percent in North America, leading to a meager 12 percent market share. Microsoft did even worse, having shipped less than 1.5 million Windows Phone 7 devices during the quarter and securing only 1 percent market share. 

Apple's iOS has managed second place, with 19% market share from 20.3 million shipments. Unfortunately for Android this is sure to increase in the coming months, with the rumored third-quarter release of the iPhone 5.