31 Jan '11, 3pm

Google dethrones Nokia with top smartphone platform: study

HELSINKI - Google's smartphone operating system Android has passed Nokia's Symbian to become the global smartphone market leader, market research company Canalys said on Monday. In the fourth quarter of 2010, 32.9 million phones running Android were shipped compared to 31 million handsets running Symbian, according to Canalys. Based on shipment figures, Google's percentage of the smartphone market share leapt from 8.7 percent in 2009 to 32.5 percent, while Nokia's shrank from 44 percent to 30.6 percent. "But Nokia did retain its position as the leading global smartphone vendor, with a share of 28 percent," the Canalys report added. Nokia's smartphone market share has been undermined over the past two years by the stellar rise of Apple's iPhone, RIM's Blackberry and phones running Android such as those produced by Samsung and HTC. According to Canalys, Apple's market share ...

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