Google Android has half the smartphone market

Google’s Android platform has taken almost 50 percent of the global smartphone market and dominates he Asia-Pacific region.

Beancounters at research firm Canalys said that Android, which Google acquired in 2005 and launched on phones in 2008, is now used by almost all the major phone makers.

It was the number one platform in 35 of the 56 countries Canalys tracks and has a market share of 48 percent, the research firm said.

The fruity cargo cult Apple, which shipped 20.3 million iPhones, is a distant second with a market share of 19 percent. At least Jobs Mob can he comforted by the fact that Apple overtook ailing Nokia as the world’s largest individual smartphone peddler.

Samsung also did better than Nokia but Canalys gave the South Korean handset maker “seven out of ten must try harder” on its report.

Canalys analyst Chris Jones told Reuters  that Samsung has failed to fully capitalise on Nokia’s pathetic state. Samsung was the best placed to give Nokia’s a good kicking but it hasn’t yet done enough.

Samsung, which sells Android smartphones as well as its own bada branded devices, shipped some 17 million devices, a rise of 421 percent versus a year ago.

But while Android seems unstoppable, it seems that US vendors such as Oracle, Apple and Microsoft are hoping to kill it off in the courts.

Apple is having some success claiming that Samsung stole its ideas and Oracle is making some inroads into claiming that Google nicked some of its Java code.

Microsoft receives money from deals reached with some Android handset makers but is pressing for more.