Before looking into this, just think back to the fall of 2008 when T-Mobile unleashed the G1 to consumers who've been waiting to get their hands on the first ever Android phone. The next thing you know is that 2008 was over and the dawn of 2009 was here – with that, it brought along the rise of Android to its prestigious beginnings. Canalys reports that 2009 laid claim to the fundamental rise of the Android platform in the world market – roughly 7.7 million Android powered handsets were sold in 2009 which made up approximately 4.7 percent of the overall smartphone sales. When you compare that to figures from 2008, it clearly defines their notoriety in the market with a 1,074 percent growth from 2008 – which is looking to lay claim to the world's number two operating system by 2013. Although they posted an extraordinary amount of growth in a single year, they're still far away from the tight grasp that Symbian holds at 47.2 percent of the share in 2009. The biggest loser by far through this whole experience is none other than Windows Mobile – posting a -26.4 percent decline from 2008. Still not out of contention, Microsoft may be brewing something spectacular as we head into the beginnings of MWC. With Android growing and gaining support, we'll see how it manages to evolve itself in order to keep things fresh for the many users out there.