Western Europe shuns Android, embraces Symbian
Research firm IDC crunched the numbers and came to the conclusion that Android’s popularity is lagging in Western Europe. Market share of smartphones running Android rose from 4.2% to its current level of 5.4%, an increase that is smaller than expected. Symbian remains the dominant OS in the region, controlling 48% of the market. All is not doom and gloom for Android as much of Android’s perceived poor performance may be due to a lack of available hardware. With Android handsets from LG, Motorola, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, and more slated for launch in 2010, Android’s fortunes may change. We’re rooting for you, Android. Take Western Europe by storm and show them that the little green robot means business.