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Android is Now the Lead Smartphone Platform, Worldwide

Jan 31 2011, 12:30pm CST | by , in News | Android

Android is Now the Lead Smartphone Platform, Worldwide
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Now...who will be next?

A little more than two years after its launch, Android OS is the dominant smartphone platform across the world. The little green robot has taken all comers and fought his way to the top of the heap. iOS, Symbian, BlackBerry- all pale in comparison to the breathtaking size and scope of the serried Android masses.

Flowery BS aside, Canalys just released their Q4 2010 report on the smartphone market. Android smipments last quarter topped 32.9 million, worldwide. Symbian was a close second, with 31 million. While Nokia is still the world's leading smartphone vendor, they no longer hold the dominant platform.

The smartphone market grew by leaps and bounds in 2010, pushing a total of 101.2 million units, year-over-year growth of 80%. LG, Samsung, Acer and HTC each experienced enormous growth in shipped Android smartphones this year- LG's was 4,127%. HTC and Samsung together totalled 45% of Android handsets shipped.

The US market is still the focus of the smartphone industry, with more than twice the number of smartphones as China. This state of affairs can't possibly last long. Americans aren't going to like it when every big manufacturer starts previewing their products in the Chinese market.

RIM is ahead of Apple again in smartphone shipments, thanks to the BlackBerry Torch and Apple's "seasonal dip". Canalys expects Verizon to focus less on the Droid line in 2011, while AT&T is expected to start courting Android in full.

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