Android surpassed Symbian in the fourth quarter of 2010 to become the number one smartphone platform in the world. While the manufacturers sold a total of 32.9 million Android phones in the last quarter, Symbian’s total sales were only 31 million.
Highlights from the Canalys Report:
- In Q4 2010, the volumes of Android-based smartphones (Android, OMS and Tapas) were boosted by strong performances from a number of manufacturers including LG, Samsung, Acer and HTC, whose volumes across these platforms grew 4,127%, 1,474%, 709% and 371% respectively year-on-year.
- Android was by far the largest smart phone platform in the US market in Q4 2010, with shipments of 12.1 million units – nearly three times those of RIM’s BlackBerry devices.
- HTC and Samsung together accounted for nearly 45% of Google OS-based handset shipments.
- In Japan, Android shipments have taken off over the past year, with nearly 1.4 million units shipping from local as well as international vendors, such as HTC. More Japanese vendors have also announced plans to launch Android devices in 2011, such as NEC Casio and Panasonic.
‘2010 has been a fantastic year for the smart phone market. 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,’ said Canalys VP and Principal Analyst Chris Jones in a statement..