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HTC tops Apple as Android sales surge in second-quarter

HTC tops Apple as Android sales surge in second-quarter

The latest figures released by iSuppli have revealed that Android continues to be at the forefront of growth in the smartphone market with impressive sales results in the second-quarter.

All the major manufacturers of Android smartphones, particularly HTC, have seen healthy growth over the preceding quarter.

The Taiwanese giant led the way with a massive 61 per cent rise in shipments, driven by hugely successful handsets such as the Desire and the Evo 4G stateside.

Samsung followed closely behind with a 55 per cent rise thanks to its commercially acclaimed Galaxy line-up. Sony Ericsson and Motorola were less successful; posting 15.4 per cent and 12.5 per cent growth respectively, though it’s worth noting that Sony Ericsson is a newcomer in the Android space while Motorola is primarily focussed in the US market.

Senior analyst Tina Teng said: "Every brand that has put effort into designing smartphones using Google's mobile OS is riding the Android wave.

"From the spectacular growth of HTC and Samsung to the steady advances of Motorola, Android is the secret sauce for smartphone growth in 2010."

In stark contrast, Apple sales fell four per cent in the quarter, with shipments dropping from 8.8 million to 8.4 million.

Nokia retained first place with more than twice the shipment of its closest competitor, Research In Motion, which managed 24 million units to claim second place. Overall quarterly growths for both companies were 11.6 per cent and seven per cent in that order.

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