Android becomes best-selling smartphone OS


Shipments of Android-based smartphones reached 32.9 million worldwide in the fourth quarter of 2010, making Android the best-selling operating system for smartphones, market research company Canalys said Monday.

The Nokia-backed Symbian platform is now in second place. Worldwide shipments of Symbian-based smartphones totaled 31 million in the fourth quarter, compared to 23.9 million a year earlier. Its market share dropped from 44.4% to 30.6%, due in large part to Android’s spectacular 615.1% year-on-year sales growth. In a year, Android’s market share has grown from 8.4% to 32.5%.