THE ANRDOID PHONE in my bag now represents the biggest slice of the mobile smartphone market. In today's Canalys report, final Q4 2010 global country-level smart phone market data shows Google’s Android has become the leading platform. Shipments of Android-based smart phones reached 32.9 million, while devices running Nokia’s Symbian platform trailed slightly at 31.0 million worldwide. Apple had a 16% market share, down a fraction from a year ago. Nokia still makes the strongest-built phones and the ones with the best keyboards (like the E7 at right), helping Nokia retain its position as the leading global smart phone vendor, with a share of 28%. Canalys data reveals a soaring worldwide smart phone market, with shipments of 101.2 million units representing year-on-year growth of 89%. The final quarter took shipments for the year to fractionally below 300 million units, with an annual growth rate of 80% over 2009.
Canalys -- "Google’s Android becomes the world’s leading smart phone" on the Canalys blog, January 31, 2011.
Kevin J. O'Brien -- "Android System overtakes Symbian" in the NYT, January 31, 2011.
Vlad Savov -- "Nokia smartphone market share shrinks" on Engadget, January 27, 2011.