Gartner, one of the world’s leading IT Research and Advisory companies, have just published their new market trend findings for the worldwide mobile phone market for this past year Q1 2010 to Q1 2011. Android is clearly on a dominating pattern, and smartphones have gained a larger popularity since the past year. HTC and Samsung are also enjoying most of the newfound Android users as they’re the largest risers in the past 12 months.

Gartner estimates that Android is now 36% of all smartphone sales this past year ending Q1 2011, with Symbian trailing at 27%, iOS at 17% and RIM close behind at 13%. This is a huge change from last year’s Android 10%, Symbian 44%, iOS 15%, and RiM at 20%. Most of the new Android adopters have jumped from Symbian and RiM, as these OSes have been widely known to be already long-in-the-tooth.

Smartphones in general are now a major trend, going up to 23.6% of all mobile phone sales – an 85% increase since last year. Samsung experienced its strongest first quarter ever – no doubt fueled by its various Galaxy variants worldwide. HTC, one of the original Android players is also experiencing high growth, moving onto the world’s number 7 spot – while it reached 2nd place in the US market early this year.

Through strong device adoption and a great range of hardware configurations and innovative features, Android has become, and is clearly enjoying, massive growth and leading the smartphone race into the future. Competitors like the iOS ecosystem still have a legacy lead, but given its horizontal movement, will be overtaken soon. Things are looking up for us, indeed.

Source: Gartner