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Android moved nearly 33 million units last quarter

It's been a long time coming and should come as no surprise to anyone who has been tracking Android's meteoric rise -- both in the U.S. and worldwide -- that Google's mobile OS has finally outpaced Nokia's stalwart Symbian platform as the leading smartphone OS worldwide.

Engadget, citing figures by Canalys, reports that Android sold 33.3 million devices in the fourth quarter of 2010. That's a 13-million device spike from even the previous quarter, which saw 20.3 million Android devices moved. Now second-place Symbian sold 31 million devices in Q4 2010.

According to the Canalsy press release, the number of Android devices sold was slightly less than Engadget's reported figure, at 32.9 million -- still enough to retain the number one spot.

Canalys also pointed out that Nokia still retained its spot as the number one global smartphone vendor, dominating 28 percent of the market. Android can't compete in that department thanks to the fractured nature of its platform, allowing multiple vendors to support the OS -- for this reason, Netgear CEO Patrick Lo predicts Android will become the de facto standard on a range of consumer electronic devices. HTC and Samsung combined for almost 45 percent of Android device sales, with LG, Acer, and others rounding out the rest.

2010 also signaled huge year-over-year growth in terms of total worldwide smartphone sales. "The final quarter took shipments for the year to fractionally below 300 million units, with an annual growth rate of 80% over 2009," Canalys said.

The important U.S. market continued to dominate regionally, as well, with double the amount of smartphones sold than China. "Android was by far the largest smart phone platform in the US market in Q4 2010, with shipments of 12.1 million units – nearly three times those of RIM's BlackBerry devices," Canalys said.

The biggest loser, perhaps, was Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform. It appeared too late in the quarter to fully capture the holiday buying window. As a result, Microsoft's market share dipped from 8 percent in Q4 of 2009 to 5 percent in the same quarter of 2010.

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RE: Google is crushing the comp
By Gio6518 on 1/31/2011 7:52:45 PM , Rating: 2
I wasn't disputing that Apple could grow its sales a lot and shrink market share at the same time - of course that's possible in a growing market. What seems nonsensical is your ridiculous suggestion that most of Apple's sales growth (remember they doubled the number of phones they sold) is the result of repeat buyers. Do you really think that that is possible?

not sure on a worldwide level, but here in the US on AT&T over 80% of iPhone 4 sales were upgrades. They gained some new ones and lost some old ones.

How many phones are this supposed hard core Apple fan group of yours buying per head? Apparently at least one for each ear :)

you need to re-read

But if you take the 3gs people that must have the newest toy, then the 3g people whos contract expired and was able for upgrade, and any possible original iPhone owners who waited for the iPhone 4.

I do know many die hard fans that did all the above...

Wait to see the queues when the Verizon iPhone launches, look at the queues and waiting times for the iPhone in China.

I am curious to see what impact Verizon will have, since it has been a strong supporter of Android and it was really the droid that really put Android on the map, and many of their current customers are locked into contract with some amazing Android phones, not sure if they will be willing to break their current contracts, also a bad point will be the iPhone is only a 3g device and they're getting to release a slew of 4g Android phones. Before now AT&T didnt offer any really competitive Android phones to the iPhone, so I'm curious how that will also play out...

RE: Google is crushing the comp
By Tony Swash on 2/1/2011 9:22:45 AM , Rating: 2
not sure on a worldwide level, but here in the US on AT&T over 80% of iPhone 4 sales were upgrades. They gained some new ones and lost some old ones.

I would like to see the data source for that claim. All I could find via Google was a report saying 77% of sales at the time of the US iPhone launch were upgrades from previous iPhones. I can't find anything saying that that pattern has persisted since the launch period back in June 2010.

I just find it inherently implausible that a product that shows a steady growth of 100% per annum over several years is all or mainly the result of repeat buyers.

Of course with 75% of Iphone sales happening outside the USA the whole point is fairly moot. See:

This all smells like desperation to try to talk down a simple fact - the iPhone is very, very popular and getting more popular.

RE: Google is crushing the comp
By eskimospy on 2/1/2011 3:33:11 PM , Rating: 2
Apple 1990: "The Macintosh is very, very popular and getting more popular."

Apple 1997: "Oops."

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