Google takes Top SmartPhone spot for Nokia

Google takes top SmartPhone spot for Nokia

Google Inc’s Android topped Nokia’s Symbian as the Global leader in SmartPhone software during Q-4 of Y 2010, ending a reign that began with the birth of the industry 10+ yrs ago.

The reshuffle underscores how quickly Google, which offers its software to phone makers for free, has raced to the top of the SmartPhone market ahead of Apple Inc’s rapid ascension. Google and Apple have revolutionized the SmartPhone market, sending Nokia scrambling.

In Q-4, phone makers sold 32.9 million Android-equipped phones globally, roughly 7 times more than the year-earlier Q, compared with Symbian’s sales of 31 million, according to Research firm Canalys.

The numbers also highlight Google’s success in battling Apple, whose shipments of its popular iPhone increased to 16.2 million from 8.7 million in Q-4 Y2009, when it almost doubled Android’s 4.7 million shipments.

Unlike Apple or Nokia, Google does not make its own phone hardware, but instead offers its Android operating system free to other phone makers who can adapt it to suit their devices.

As a result, Android has become the standard software for many phone makers. US phone maker Motorola inc has even managed to stage a comeback of sorts by focusing solely on Android after years of heavy market share losses.—Paul A. Ebeling, Jnr.

Google takes Top SmartPhone spot for Nokia

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