January 31, 2011 | by Lars Aronsson
Symbian has been Nokia’s smartphone platform of choice for about a decade now, and it has also been very popular with manufacturers such as Sony Ericsson, Samsung, LG and Siemens. Symbian and its S60 variant were estimated to power a total of 385 million phones in Q2 2010. Nokia bought Symbian Ltd., the company behind the OS, in 2008 and Symbian became an open source platform (sort of). These days, Nokia is just about the only manufacturer left releasing Symbian devices.
Symbian accounted for 43.5% of worldwide smartphone sales in Q2 2010, a very impressive number indeed. According to research firm Canalys, Android still managed to dethrone Symbian and become the world’s most popular smartphone platform in the fourth quarter 2010.
Manufacturers of Android phones sold 32.9 million units in the final quarter, and that’s 1.9 million more than the previous leader Symbian, which sold 31 million devices. A big step forward for Android, since 20.3 million phones running Google’s OS were sold in Q3 2010. And now Android is the world’s best-selling smartphone OS. Congratulations, Google.