Canalys, The Market research and analysis firm, recently released its worldwide country-level smartphone market data for Quarter 1 2011.

According to these figure the shipment of worldwide smartphone grew with a rate of 83% for Q1 2001 compared with Q1 2010.Surprisingly Nokia’s market share dropped by 15% from 39% to 24% year over year. Apple’s share grew to 19%. There is no change in the top 5 vendors from Q4 2010 as Nokia, Apple, RIM, Samsung and HTC remain on the top 5.

Interestingly HTC is now the leading Android vendor in the US and came in 2nd overall.Now that 4G is making its way, it will be interesting to see the trend over the next year. Canalys estimates that over 600,000 units of 4G devices were sold in Q1 2011.

The same source also revealed that Android increases smart phone market share with 35% share.Android led the market for Q2 with 35.7 million units shipped which increased its share to 35%.It is important that android performance is boosted by not a single Vendor, but a number of vendors like HTC, Motorola, LG, Sony Ericsson and Samsung.Each of the member shipped over 3 million devices.Android remained the leading smart phone platform in the US for the third consecutive quarter, with a 49% share. Growing by well over 200%.

[Via : talkandroid ]