Android Surpasses Nokia and Apple

February 1, 2011
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Android is #1 Based on 2010 Shipments

Canalys has released a reports that says that the volume of Android-based devices was boosted by strong performance from several smartphone vendors, including LG, Samsung, Acer and HTC, all of which had seen their Android platforms increase dramatically year-over-year. For example, LG saw a 4,127% increase, Samsung, 1, 474%, Acer, 709% and HTC 371%. HTC and Samsung combined accounted for almost 45% of Google Android-based smartphone shipments.


The Smartphone Market in 2010

The smartphone market overall has continued to grow with 2010 shipments reaching 101.2 million units, or 89% year-over-year growth. For Q4, shipments were just below 300 million, with a growth rate of 80% over last year.

The largest markets (based on shipments) in 2010 were Europe, the Middle East and Africa, with 38.8 million units and year-over-year growth of 90%. Nokia led in Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific, but RIM beat out Nokia in Latin America. The mid-range BlackBerry Curve devices contributed to RIM’s growth in that region, Canalys said.

The U.S., meanwhile, was the largest country in terms of shipments, more than double the size of the Chinese smartphone market. Here, RIM re-took first place from Apple, benefiting from its first quarter shipments of the BlackBerry Torch. HTC remained in third place. These positions will soon change, analyst Tim Shepherd stated, given the new Verizon-Apple partnership, which will soon shake up the mobile landscape.

Canalys VP and Principal Analyst Chris Jones warned smartphone vendors not to become complacent in hearing the news of the smartphone market’s growth, saying that 2011 was shaping up to be a highly competitive year. This year vendors will use new technology, “such as dual-core processors, NFC [near field communication] and 3D displays to differentiate their products and maintain value.”

What makes matters even more enticing is the upcoming release of Honeycomb for Android Tablets and Gingerbread for Android Smartphones, which are likely to have a significant impact on sales, and forever change the way people think of Android. No longer will it take  a second seat to Apple’s iOS, and the competition between the top OS’ will likely further intensify, which will, of course, benefit us all!

Android, undoubtedly, is the future. What do you think? Sound like just another reason why Apple is afraid of Android!

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