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

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.