Google passed Nokia in Q4 2010 market share

By on January 31, 2011, 10:21 PM
Q4 2010 saw the worldwide smartphone market continue to soar, with shipments of 101.2 million units representing year-on-year growth of 89 percent. Shipments for the year were just below 300 million units, with an annual growth rate of 80 percent compared to 2009, according to Canalys.

Google's Android has become the leading platform, thanks to shipments of Android-based smartphones reaching 32.9 million. Nokia's Symbian platform trailed slightly at 31.0 million worldwide. The Finish company did, however, manage to retain its position as the leading global smartphone vendor, with a share of 28 percent.

In Q4 2010, volumes of Google OS-based smart phones (Android, OMS, and Tapas) were again boosted by strong performances from a number of vendors. HTC and Samsung alone accounted for nearly 45 percent of Google OS-based handset shipments.

In the US, RIM recaptured first place from Apple: the latter experienced its usual seasonal dip while the former benefited from the first full quarter of shipments for the BlackBerry Torch. HTC successfully maintained its third-place ranking in the US for the third consecutive quarter. Android was by far the largest smartphone platform in Q4 2010, with shipments of 12.1 million units nearly three times those of RIM's BlackBerry devices. Windows Phone 7 devices appeared too late in the quarter to take full advantage of holiday season purchasing, and Microsoft lost share.

"2010 has been a fantastic year for the smart phone market," Chris Jones, Canalys VP and Principal Analyst, said in a statement. "After a difficult 2009, the speed with which the market has recovered has required real commitment and innovation from vendors and they have risen to the challenge. But vendors cannot afford to be complacent. 2011 is set to be a highly competitive year with vendors looking to use new technology, such as dual-core processors, NFC and 3D displays, to differentiate their products and maintain value."





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aj_the_kidd said:

Not that i am shocked that Google is #1, but to jump from 4.6 mil to 33.3 mil in one year that's impressive

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Google technically isn't # 1 as cell phone supplier, but rather as OS supplier for the new units. However, after using an Android device for few months, I have few 'not so positive things' to say about it, biggest amongst them is the OS is so inefficient that if a program doesn't clearup resources once it has been closed, the remnants will continue to hog battery life, in fact I ran few tests to check it and I can confirm that if I put the device in 'offline / flight mode' and let few processes run in background the battery will be drained by about 20% (+) in 6 hours time, however, if I do 'clear out' the memory the battery drains at 1-2%. Other things include messaging will crash for no apparent reasons at any given time. Phone will crawl to absolute hangup at times, OS will automatically stop reading contacts from SIM etc. etc. ........... So it isn't all rosy for Android in my view. And I never had any issues with my 'ancient WinMo' device.

princeton princeton said:

Archean said:

Google technically isn't # 1 as cell phone supplier, but rather as OS supplier for the new units. However, after using an Android device for few months, I have few 'not so positive things' to say about it, biggest amongst them is the OS is so inefficient that if a program doesn't clearup resources once it has been closed, the remnants will continue to hog battery life, in fact I ran few tests to check it and I can confirm that if I put the device in 'offline / flight mode' and let few processes run in background the battery will be drained by about 20% (+) in 6 hours time, however, if I do 'clear out' the memory the battery drains at 1-2%. Other things include messaging will crash for no apparent reasons at any given time. Phone will crawl to absolute hangup at times, OS will automatically stop reading contacts from SIM etc. etc. ........... So it isn't all rosy for Android in my view. And I never had any issues with my 'ancient WinMo' device.

What device do you have?

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Samsung GT-i9000 (i.e. Galaxy S).

JudaZ said:

Actually this is not true.

Android will probably surpase Symbian soon, but they havnt yet.

Canalys better get their facts straight http://bit.ly/ffhtf6

CamaroMullet said:

Samsung GT-i9000 (i.e. Galaxy S).

Same here, same problems. No 2.2 for us yet. Have you tried custom roms? I haven't primarily sense mine is a work supplied phone. But I don't see us getting froyo anytime soon.

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Yes I got it upgraded to Froyo, but it only improved performance not the stability. One thing which I left out from the previous post was ........ when I dial a number, the dialer will disappear from screen for 3-5 seconds, then re-appear and finally dial the number. I think these issues primarily arise due to 'Open' nature of Android, I am frankly not a big fan of "everything" Open Source, because of the quality/stability issues it can bring. Hence, as Samsung is responsible to roll out its own flavor of the tweaked Android OS for its devices is the root of such problems.

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