Google’s Android has passed Nokia’s Symbian to become the top-selling smartphone platform globally, according to data from market research firm Canalys.
Shipments of Android-based phones reached 32.9 million in the fourth quarter, while Nokia sold 31 million Symbian phones worldwide. Apple was third, shipping 16.2 million iPhones, while Research In Motion (RIM) sold 14.2 million BlackBerrys. Nokia held on to its lead in global market share with 28 percent
“2010 has been a fantastic year for the smartphone market,” said Canalys VP and Principal Analyst Chris Jones.