Latest report from research firm has revealed what was inevitable – that Google Android is now the world’s leading smartphone platform, well at least for Q4 2010. Yes, Android beats Nokia at number 2 and Apple at no. 3 According to Canalys, Android-based smartphone shipments have reached 32.9 million, while shipment of Nokia’s Symbian-powered smarthphones have reached 31.0 million. Despite this however, Nokia retains its leading position for the whole of 2010 with a market share of 28%.
Come to think of it, Android’s lead surge in Q4 2010 is not really that surprising. It was in that quarter where major manufacturers started showing their support for the Android platform with a plethora of Android smartphones released in the market. LG, Samsung, Acer and HTC gained 4,127%, 1,474%, 709% and 371% smartphone market shares respectively. HTC and Samsung’s combined market share alone accounted for a huge 45% of the total Android platform share in Q4 2010.
Meanwhile, both Apple and RIM are at no.3 and no.4 with 16.0% and 14.4% respectively.