Android has seen insanely high growth this year; this may be the tipping point for the Android explosion if it hasn’t already happened.
According to Digitimes, the total shipments of Android devices in 2010 are set to reach 55 million. It will be a 561% increase over the sales in 2009. Its marketshare has risen from 5% in the previous year, to about 13.8% in the first half of 2010. By the end of 2010, Android will have a 24.5% share of the worldwide smartphone market.
Android has seen many successful device launches throughout the year — the Samsung Galaxy S, the Motorola Droid X, the HTC Evo 4G, the Nexus One etc. We should also see several Android powered tablets launching soon.
Symbian currently is the sales leader in smartphones but is rapidly ceding ground to Android and the iPhone. If these growth rates are any indication, Android will definitely surpass the Symbian OS in terms of sales by 2011. Even Blackberry is slipping through the ranks and should soon fall below the iPhone to the number 4 position. The Blackberry Torch isn’t doing much to help it so far.