Did Android just become the world’s no. 1 smartphone platform?
A few days ago, we’ve reported that Nokia sold 28.3 million smartphones in the fourth quarter of 2010.
Now Reuters says that, according to Canalys, the number of Android smartphones sold in the same quarter was 32.9 million.
But this shouldn’t come as a big surprise. After all, important handset makers like Samsung, LG, Motorola, HTC and Sony Ericsson have all embraced Android as one of their platforms of choice. Plus, manufactures like Huawei and ZTE have also started to produce and sell various low-cost Android handsets (according to DigiTimes, shipments of ultra-cheap Androids could reach 25 million units this year).
I don’t think Nokia has what it takes to become no. 1 again, not this year, when its new high-end platform – MeeGo – has little chances to make a great impact (since we don’t even know when the first MeeGo smartphones will be launched). Of course, I may be wrong. Time will tell.