Google’s Android operating system is now the most popular selling* mobile platform in the world, knocking off Nokia which was number one for the last 10 years, says research firm Canalys.In the fourth quarter of 2010, 33.3 million smartphones shipped with Android, up from just 4.7 million the year before. Nokia shipped 31 million smartphones, which is up from 23.9 million the year before. Apple is in third with 16.2 million, up from 8.7 million the year before.
Other fun stats on the smartphone market from Canalys:
- For the year, there were almost 300 million smartphones shipped, which is growth of 80% on a year over year basis. (In other words, if you’re late to the game — Microsoft — there’s some reason for hope, as the market continues to grow.)
- Check out the Q4 2010 growth in handset volumes for manufacturers not named Motorola: LG, Samsung, Acer and HTC, volumes grew 4,127%, 1,474%, 709% and 371% year over year, says Canalys.
- Samsung and HTC together account for 45% of Android shipments.
- RIM was the best selling handset maker in the US for Q4, beating Apple, which came in second. HTC was third. Android was the biggest platform in the U.S. with 12.1 million Android phones shipped in the U.S.
- Microsoft actually lost share in the U.S. going from 8% to 5% due in part to Windows Phone 7 starting to sell late in the quarter.
*Update: We’ve added selling, after commenters point out that Nokia is still biggest smartphone platform as measured by installed base.