Google Inc.’s revolutionary light weight and powerful smartphone platform Android is now the king of the smartphone market. Android beats the Nokia’s Symbian to become the world’s top smartphone platform, says a report out today from research firm Canalys.
Global shipments of Android-based phones hit 32.9 million in the final quarter of 2010, pushing Nokia’s Symbian down to second place with 31 million smartphones shipped. The demand for Google’s mobile operating system were very high among the phone manufacturers also. LG, Samsung, Acer, and HTC watched their sales volumes jump 4,127 percent, 1,474 percent, 709 percent, and 371 percent respectively from the last quarter of 2009, according to Canalys. Together, HTC and Samsung accounted for almost 45 percent of all the Android phones shipped in the fourth quarter of 2010.
There were total 101.2 million units of smartphones were shipped in the fourth quarter of 2010 by all the manufacturers all around the globe, a jump of 89 percent from a year ago.
“2010 has been a fantastic year for the smart phone market,” Canalys vice president and principal analyst Chris Jones said in a statement. “After a difficult 2009, the speed with which the market has recovered has required real commitment and innovation from vendors and they have risen to the challenge.”
Read the full report here.