Android Grows To World’s Biggest Smartphone Platform -Canalys – WSJ.com

STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)–Google Inc.’s (GOOG) open Android platform turned into the world’s most widespread smartphone operating system in the fourth quarter, surpassing Nokia Corp.’s (NOK) main smartphone platform Symbian, research firm Canalys said Monday.

Shipments of Android-based smartphones surged sevenfold on-year to 33 million, driven by strong sales from handset vendors including South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (005930.SE) and Taiwan’s HTC Corp. (2498.TW), Canalys said.

That growth gave Android a 33% share of the worldwide smartphone platform market in the fourth quarter, ahead of Symbian’s 31% and Apple Inc.’s (AAPL) iPhone operating system with a 16% market share, the research firm said.

The overall smartphone market soared 89% on-year to 101 million units, Canalys said.

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