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Eric Zeman
Eric Zeman

Samsung Lays Claim To Android Title

According to research firm Gartner, Samsung was the number one selling Android smartphone brand in the U.S. during the third quarter of 2010, owning one-third of the market.

Samsung already leads the U.S. market as the top provider of phones. Today, based on some number crunching by the fine folks over at Gartner, Samsung is now also positioned at the top of the Android leaderboard.

Gartner's data show that Samsung Mobile sold 32.1% of all Android phones in the U.S. during the third quarter. That's up more than 300% since the fourth quarter of 2009, when Samsung held just 9.2% of the Android smartphone market.

Part of Samsung's success can be attributed to the Galaxy S line of Android phones, which have sold more than 3 million units in the U.S. The Galaxy S line consists of five different handsets that are being sold by AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon Wireless. All of them feature a brilliant, four-inch AMOLED display, 1GHz processor, and 5 megapixel camera.

Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Mobile, said, "I want to personally thank everyone who selected a Galaxy S smartphone as their mobile handset of choice. Neither of these wonderful accomplishments would have been possible without the loyalty and support of our customers. The Galaxy S portfolio has played a significant role in Samsung’s success in 2010 and we are extremely excited to show you what products, services and innovations we have in store."

Sohn also indicated that the Galaxy S line of smartphones will be updated to Android 2.2 Froyo in the "near future." Samsung has been promising this update for a month now.

It isn't clear where the other vendors fall in the Android rankings. Based on the popularity of the Verizon Droid line, I'd be shocked if Motorola doesn't hold the second place spot based on sales of the Droid X, and Droid 2. HTC is likely a close third, with the Droid Incredible, myTouch 4G and G2.

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