More evidence that open systems and open standards are more likely dominate social business and the socia, web? I think so.
Android was the most popular mobile platform at the end of 2010, according to a press release by Canalys, a technology research and consultancy group. Smart phone shipments topped 100 million units in the fourth quarter of last year, with Google-OS based phones accounting for 32.9 million—almost a third of all smart phone shipments.
This news is good for all interested in smart phone technology, not just Android devotees. Indeed, sales of Apple smart phones almost doubled (from 8.7 million to 16.2 million). The Nokia, RIM (Blackberry), and Microsoft growth lagged behind the overall growth of the market, but still posted respectable sales numbers (Nokia still grew 30% from last year and ranks second in platform sales this year at 31 million).
The story that will continue to be pushed from these data, however, is the explosion of the Android platform compared to its competitors. While Apple’s market share is stable (16%), Nokia, Microsoft, and RIM market shares all dropped to make room for an Android ascent to the top.