For the first time in 10 years, Nokia’s symbian platform was NOT the leader in handsets sales, as Google’s Android took the top spot for Q4 of 2010! Research firm Canalys said on Monday that 32.0 million Android phones were sold, while Symbian devices sold totaled 31 million. A large amount of those sales for Android phones comes from popular models from HTC, Samsung and LG, not surprisingly either, as we saw many new models from each of those manufacturers, and will continue to see many more as they ramp up after showing off new devices for 2011 after CES.
Will Nokia be able to regain their corner of the smartphone market? That remains to be seen. They have a new CEO, Stephen Elop, who plans to announce his new direction for Nokia on Feb. 11th 2011. Android on the other hand doesn’t seem to have much to worry about as it continually climbs the popularity ladder, and will keep climbing into 2011 with Gingerbread and Honeycomb releases.