Android takes over as #1 smartphone operating system

Google’s Android operating system has finally knocked Nokia’s Symbian off the top spot as the world’s most popular smartphone platform, ending a reign that began when the first smartphones emerged nearly 10 years ago.

Research firm Canalys said on Monday that phone manufacturers sold 32.9 million Android phones in the last quarter of 2010 compared to Symbian sales of 31 million. The Android figure is roughly seven times the sales volume from the equivalent quarter a year ago.

Meanwhile, in the United States, the NPD Group said that Android phones now comprise more than half of all smartphones sold, although Apple’s iPhone 4 remains the best-selling individual phone. For the first time, the five top-selling phones in the U.S. were all smartphones:

1. Apple iPhone 4 (Apple iOS)

2. Motorola Droid X (Android OS)

3. HTC EVO 4G (Android OS)

4. Apple iPhone 3G S (Apple iOS)

5. Motorola Droid 2 (Android OS)

Missing from the top five was any offering from BlackBerry, and any phone using Microsoft’s Windows mobile operating system.

While Google is well-placed, with new Android phones hitting the market at the rate of three or four a month, Apple is also expected to receive a boost in the U.S. when Verizon starts selling the iPhone on February 10. The two tech giants are shaping up for a monumental battle for control of the mobile space, with numerous Android-powered tablets also set to take on the dominance of Apple’s iPad.

Comment by geekbabe, posted 2/1/2011, 8:00 AM:

I am biased in favor of the Android because my Motorola Droid 2 powered by Verizon is like having an office in my pocket, IMHO it's all that and a bag of chips. I'm eagerly awaiting Motorola's Honeycomb Tablet!
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