Google’s Android operating system outsold Nokia’s Symbian powered smartphones around the world in the final quarter of 2010, a new market study has revealed.
Bean counters at Canalys have published the groundbreaking, albeit not-too-surprising figures showing that global smartphone sales for the year were in excess of 100 million, of which almost a third was claimed by Google’s platform, with 32.9 million devices shipped with Android on board. That compared to Nokia’s Symbian range's sales of 31 million in second place.
Nokia remains the global market leader with a still impressive 28 per cent of the market share. But that pales in comparison to the mammoth 47.2 per cent share of the smartphone pie it commanded only a year ago.
Espoo’s continued resistance to the advances of Android has given given other smartphone makers full reign over the platform, notably LG, Samsung, Acer and HTC, with staggering year-over-year sales growth of 4,127, 1,474, 709 and 371 per cents respectively.
With Nokia losing its mojo, HTC and Samsung have taken full advantage of the situation, with the two handset makers accounting for 45 per cent shipments of all Android devices.
Nokia has been struggling with smartfans abandoning the creaking Symbian platform in droves. While expectations for its upcoming Meego platform are high, it may be too little too late to put a dent on the sheer growth of Android.
Rumours are doing the rounds lately that the Finns may be considering a deal with Android. CEO Stephen Elop recently hinted that it may be looking at so-called “competitive eco-system” options. Whatever that means.
Source: Canalys via eWeek