Android smartphone sales take global top spot

Shipments of Android phones surpassed Symbian-based ones during fourth quarter of last year, according to new report.

Shipments of Android phones overtook Symbian-based smartphones during the fourth quarter of last year, according to a Canalys report released Monday.

Figures show that over the course of the 2010 global smartphone shipments increased by nearly 80 percent in comparison with 2009 and that in the final quarter of the year 101.2 million smartphones were shipped.

"2010 has been a fantastic year for the smartphone market. After a difficult 2009, the speed with which the market has recovered has required real commitment and innovation from vendors and they have risen to the challenge," Canalys vice president and principal analyst Chris Jones said.

Read more of "Android smartphone sales take global top spot" at ZDNet UK.

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