Research firm Canalys has announced the results of its smartphone market data for Q4 2010. According to the data Android is the world’s leading smartphone platform. Shipment of Android smartphones globally for the quarter hit 32.9 million with Symbian devices biting at Android’s shiny metal butt with 31 million units shipped.

The overall smartphone market in Q4 2011 boomed with total shipments of 101.2 million units globally for a year over year growth rate of 89%. Android was helped in the quarter by strong performances by LG, Samsung, Acer, and HTC who all predominantly work with Android on their devices. LG grew by a massive 4,127% in the quarter.

HTC and Samsung together account for about 45% of all Google OS handset shipments. Apple was behind Nokia Symbian with 16.2 million units shipped and about half the volume of Android for the quarter. RIM was next with 14.6 million and Microsoft in the fifth place spot with a mere 3.1 million units shipped.



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