Android dethrones Symbian as the most popular smartphone OS in Asia
Last month we told you that Android became the No. 1 smartphone platform in the US, and now it’s time to take a look at how things are going in Asia.
Well, Google’s OS has done the same thing: it’s now the most popular smartpohne OS in Asia, too – at least according to market research company GfK.
Unlike in the US, where Android fights with iOS and BlackBerry, in Asia its main competitors are Symbian and iOS. Symbian used to be No. 1, but this last quarter (Q3 2010) Android dethroned it.
Reportedly, 4.6 million Android smartphones were sold between July 2009 and June 2010 in the Asian region.
Update: GfK’s report doesn’t include all Asian countries. For some reason, markets like China, India and Japan are left out. The countries included in the report are: Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, South Korea, Indonesia, Cambodia, Malaysia, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. So, in the end, Android dethroned Symbian only if we’re talking about these markets.
As previously announced, the total number of Android smartpohnes sold around the world in Q3 was 20.5 million. 29.4 million Symbian smartphones were sold globally at the same time. I don’t think Symbian can last much longer as the No. 1 – not while most major smartphone makers (sans Nokia, of course) are releasing more and more Adroid handsets. What do you think?