Android Overtakes Symbian as World’s Leading Smartphone OS

Google’s Android OS has dethroned Symbian OS as the most popular smartphone platform in the last quarter of 2010, according to Research firm Canalys.

According to them, phonemakers sold 32.9 million Android-equipped phones in the last quarter, roughly seven times more than a year ago, compared with Symbian’s sales of 31 million.

This definitely gives pressure on Nokia as they are still striving to be the top end of the mobile handsets market. Although this might seem to be bad news, Nokia is still the leading vendor at 28%.

The success of Android OS, was because it was used by many phonemakers like Samsung, HTC, Sony Ericsson, Motorola, etc and currently only 3 big players refused to use it; Nokia, Apple and RIM.

Nokia’s new CEO, Stephen Elop, who took over in September, will unveil his plan to revamp Nokia’s strategy on February 11. He also suggested that Nokia could introduce new smartphone models using Android (or Windows Phone 7, according to some analysts).

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