Android Becomes The Best Selling Smartphone OS

Google’s Android mobile operating system has overtaken Nokia’s Symbian platform to become the best selling OS in the mobile market.

According to research firm Canalys, in Q4 of 2010 32.9 million Android-based phones were sold compared to 31 million running Symbian, Reuters has reported.

Canalys recently predicted that Android would overtake other smartphone systems in the market, claiming that the OS would grow at more than double the rate of Apple’s iOS over the course of 2011.

The research company reveals that Android shipments increased by more than 1,000 per cent throughout the first three quarters of 2010, compared to the same period in 2009.

Android has also successfully managed to expand its presence in the market despite a high level of fragmentation.

“The growth of Android has been phenomenal, but so too has the number of related devices launched with different hardware and software specifications,” Canalys Principal Analyst Chris Jones said.

“This has led to the market perception of it as a fragmented platform, though we believe that growth will continue as the pace of Android OS upgrades slows.”