Research firm Canalys reports that Global sales of Android phones in the fourth quarter of 2010 was 33.3 million, compared to Symbian’s 31 million. Apple is in third place with 16.2 million iOS devices shipped, followed by RIM with 14.6 million and Microsoft with 3.1 million devices shipped.
Android phone makers managed to shift a cool 33.3 million handsets in the last quarter — more than any other smartphone platform out there, That’s a mighty leap from the 20.3 million Android devices the stats agency estimates were sold in Q3 2010. Symbian itself grew from 29.9m in Q3 to 31m in Q4, but Android’s pace of expansion has been so rapid as to make that irrelevant.
Overall, the global smartphone market grew 89% compared to Q4 2009, exceeding 100 million units for the first time in the final quarter of 2010.
Nokia recently reported comparably weak smartphone sales, a result of the company’s struggles to transform its Symbian platform as they look for alternative sources of competing with Apple & Google. Rumors claim that Nokia might jump to Android or even WP7.