Android Now Biggest Smartphone Platform: Overtakes Symbian

We have written many articles recently about the rise of the Android OS platform and recent posts have included a look at the Apple iOS vs. Google Android and also an article about the Apple iPad 2 vs Motorola Xoom Android Fight.

Now we hear some real milestone news from a Reuters report by Tarmo Virki over on Yahoo News, which we’ve seen coming for some time, but is nevertheless still remarkable. It’s now official that the Android smartphone platform has overtaken Nokia’s Symbian platform. It happened in the last quarter of 2010 and to take the number one slot away from Symbian is quite some achievement.

A report from Canalys, the research firm, announced today that sales of smartphones running on Symbian were 31 million in the last quarter, but that Android smartphones sold numbered 32.9 million. The sheer speed that has seen Google’s Android platform climb to the top so quickly is nothing short of a phenomenon and we can’t see Android sales slowing down. Some of the most impressive smartphones coming out of CES 2011 were Androids such as the upcoming HTC Thunderbolt and the Motorola Droid Bionic and Atrix 4G.

Shane McGlaun over on Android Community also notes that after Android and then Symbian took the top two slots in the smartphone market data, the next three were Apple’s iOS, followed by RIM and then Microsoft. You may also be interested in our recent article about an Android Honeycomb event to be held on February 2. What are your thoughts on the rise of Android? Why not let us know by sending us your comments.