Gartner: Android at 36% Smart Phone Sales While Windows Phone Languishes

Following Millennial Media’s findings this morning, it’s Gartner’s turn to drop their latest figures on us. How has Android been doing in terms of sales over the last few months? Very well, thank you. According to Gartner, more than 36 million Android devices were shipped in the first quarter of 2011, accounting for 36 percent of the market. This is three times over the same time frame from one year ago.

Turning our attention to Windows Phone for a moment, the Microsoft mobile OS isn’t doing all that well for itself. Only 3.66 million devices are running their software, with roughly 1.6 million of them powered by the new release. This represents a drop from 6.8% a year ago to 3.6% today, a move in the wrong direction by anyone’s standard.

We’re all for competition in the mobile space because we need companies and platforms to keep Android innovating but Microsoft might not be able to help here. Are they a has-been who needs to bow out of the mobile race or will Nokia help revive their efforts?

  •  Very interesting post. Thanks.

  •  Android is doing quite good…it just need to control the fragmentation; Hopefully the Ice Sandwich – version 2.4 would help

  • The android and iOS are the most
    sort after players in the mobile market. The WP7 has to be taken care to meet
    the expectation of the users as they are fulfilled by the android smart phones.
    Also without something innovative measure has to be taken up my Microsoft to
    compete with the kingly Android and iphone devices.