Market research firm Canalys released this global smart phone market data analysis for Q4 2010, October-December 2010, revealing that over 100 million smart phones have been sold worldwide in those 3 months in which Android is the new leader in worldwide smart phone sales, even in front of Symbian sales and selling more than double as many as the iPhone.
I don't think the Verizon iPhone is going to change anything, on the contrary, now AT&T will focus selling more Android phones than Verizon is to sell iPhones. AT&T plans to launch at least 12 Android phones this year and Google is looking forward to enable the release of cheaper Android phones, as Eric Schmidt recently said:
we want to increase the availability of inexpensive smartphones in the poorest parts of the world. We envision literally a billion people getting inexpensive, browser-based touchscreen phones over the next few years. Can you imagine how this will change their awareness of local and global information and their notion of education? And that will be just the start.
- Android Becomes Best-selling Smartphone OS, Says Canalys - PC World (news.google.com)
- Android Is Now the Top Smartphone Platform: Report (fastcompany.com)
- Android Wrests Top Smartphone OS Title From Symbian (gigaom.com)
- Canalys: Android handsets outsold Symbian handsets during Q4 2010 [The sky is falling] (intomobile.com)
- Canalys stats show Android became world's leading smartphone platform in Q4 2010 (slashgear.com)
- Android phones currently sell more than 2x faster than the iPhone in the US (armdevices.net)
- Canalys: Android overtakes Symbian as world's best-selling smartphone platform in Q4 2010 (engadget.com)