Android Smartphone market share
Down but by no means out - click on chart to see in more detail

The story of Android has been one of a dramatic rise. While Apple have largely held their market share in Smartphones, Blackberry, Nokia and Windows Mobile have lost out to Android. However, new data from Needham suggest that this trend is changing in the US for now at least.

The reason? The iPhone coming to Verizon.

Take a look at the chart on the right to see the dip by Android and the rise by Apple. In the first quarter of 2011, Apple gained 12.3% to reach 29.5% of the US Smartphone market. Android’s share fell from 52.4% to 49.5%, but again it is the other players that really lost out.

And of course the iPhone 5 is still to come to balance out the flood of Android devices that are due later this year, so expect to see further turbulence in this chart, especially with Nokia’s partnership with Microsoft still yet to start shipping devices.