Canalys: Android shipments grew 886% annually in second quarter

According to new research, Google's Android platform enjoyed stellar growth during the second quarter of this year, thanks to healthy support from the likes of Motorola (NYSE:MOT), HTC, Sony Ericsson, Samsung and others. According to research firm Canalys, Android smartphone shipments grew a whopping 886 percent year-over-year. "The latest release of our detailed and complete country-level smartphone shipment data for the second quarter of 2010 clearly reveals the impressive momentum Android is gaining in markets around the world," said Canalys' Chris Jones. In comparison, Nokia (NYSE:NOK) grew its smartphone shipments by 41 percent during the same period, and BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM) grew by 41 percent. iPhone vendor Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) grew 61 percent annually, to attain a worldwide smartphone market share of 13 percent, according to Canalys. In the U.S. market, Android also continued to rocket ahead. According to figures from Nielsen, BlackBerry ended the second quarter with 35 percent of the U.S. market, followed closely by Apple with 28 percent. Android, though, grew its share of the U.S. market from 9 percent in the first quarter of 2010 to 13 percent in the second quarter. Release