The King is dead. Long live the King. You got it right, folks, Android is now the most popular mobile operating system in the world according to the latest Canalys report. Sales of phones running the green robotic OS stood at 33.3 million, while Symbian smartphones accounted for 31 million in the last quarter of 2010.
The industry has gradually stepped out of Symbian land during the last two years and now Nokia is the sole producer of Symbian phones. Major manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, LG and Sony Ericsson have all put their chips on Google's OS and the situation is hardly changing in the future.
Nokia still retained its position as the global leader in smartphone sales with a share of 28%. HTC and Samsung accounted for the major part of Android smartphones with a combined share of 45%.
Nokia's official numbers for converged devices (which include smartphones and mobile computers) however differ
from the estimate by Canalys. The Finns reported converged device volume
of 28.3 million for the fourth quarter, even less than the figure by
Canalys. Last quarter's results are no surprise,
but rather prove a trend that has formed long before. It also remains
some S40 devices with a touchscreen like the Nokia C3 Touch and Type could indeed fall in the smartphone category.