Android’s rapid climb up the smartphone ladder is no secret at this point, but its popularity is causing ripples in the rest of the ecosystem. One result is HTC debuting in the top 10 global mobile device manufacturer rankings during the second quarter. The Taiwanese handset maker, which makes both Android and Windows Mobile phones, now holds the No. 8 spot, growing 139.1 percent year-on-year, according to Gartner.
Over the past year, it’s helped that HTC has focused more on building Android-based smartphones, and has evolved from a white-label OEM for carriers to a company that has created its own identity around its brand.
HTC still has a very long way to go to becoming a powerhouse. It holds only a 1.8 percent global market share, falling directly behind Apple (NSDQ: AAPL), which Gartner claims has a 2.7 percent market share. Both companies are not even close to industry titan Nokia (NYSE: NOK), which dominates the global cellphone marketshare with 34.2 percent (falling from 36.8 percent a year ago).
While most of the headlines in the past week have been eclipsed by Android overtaking BlackBerry in the U.S. as the best-selling platform, it has not occurred yet on a worldwide scale. In the second quarter, Android expanded rapidly to overtake Apple