As per sources, Android has been termed as the top smartphone platform in Q4 2010; however a new report from Gartner is disputing the claim.
Gartner states that with the help of Symbian-based products by Fujitsu and Sharp, and legacy products from Sony Ericsson and Samsung, Symbian had barely edged out Android.
Gartner claims that Android had grown 888.8% in the year 2010 with 67 million units sold, which obviously made it the number-two smartphone platform and not one. Whereas, Nokia’s Symbian with 111.6 million units sold in 2010 still continued to be on the first place.
However it was not growing fast enough to keep up with the exploding smartphone market. This was the reason why it dropped from 46.9% market share in 2009 to 37.6% in 2010.
Also besides Android in 2010 was Apple’s iOS which happened to catch around with RIM’s BlackBerry OS, with almost 15.7% market share and 46.6 million units sold in comparison to RIM’s 16% share and 47.5 million units sold.
It is expected that Symbian’s market share will surely drop some more in the coming time. Nokia CEO Stephen Elop is said to have announced radical changes and said that Nokia was on its verge of embracing Microsoft’s mobile platform, Windows Phone 7.