Android ruled 2010, but 2011 gains may be harder to come by

Summary:Android took over the mobile landscape. However, 2011 may tell a more interesting tale.

Google's Android was the story of 2010 as the mobile operating system became the largest smartphone platform, according to data from Canalys.

Here's the breakdown via Canalys:

Hard to argue with those statistics. Android took over the mobile landscape. However, 2011 may tell a more interesting tale.

A few items noted by Canalys:

  • Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 shipped too late to make it into the fourth quarter recap. If you assume that Microsoft sold anything that'll move the needle somewhat.
  • Verizon is getting the iPhone. That move should meaningfully move Apple up the charts perhaps at Android's expense.
  • However, Android is going to AT&T too.

In other words, 2010 was clearly the year of Android. In 2011, future gains will be harder to come by.

Topics: Smartphones, Google, Hardware, Mobility


Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CN... Full Bio

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