That's up 300 percent from 9.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2009. Gartner didn't break out numbers for the rest of Android's device makers, but it's a safe bet that Moto -- the one-time champ with its line of Droid phones -- is a close second. (See Motorola Brings More Droids to VZW .)
Samsung has the Galaxy S series, available on six US carriers, to thank for its growth. It says it has sold 3 million Galaxy S phones in the US so far, and its tablet follow-up, the Galaxy Tab, has sold 1 million worldwide. (See Samsung's US Galaxy Quest, Verizon Fascinates With Samsung, and US Cellular Gets Samsung Galaxy.)
But, now, Android 2.3, Gingerbread, is right around the corner, meaning we'll have another new set of stats next month. (See OS Watch: Developers Rally for Symbian , OS Watch (Out): Here Comes V Cast Apps, OS Watch: Android's Fragmentation Makes Friends, and OS Watch: Android Earns Its Reputation.)
Jha's tablet chatter was largely overshadowed in his keynote address by his assertion that there will be a new "competitive dynamic" developing over at Verizon that might challenge Moto's first-quarter performance. Place your bets on what that might be.
— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile