"Android the giant continues to loom large among smartphone
competitors. Today research firm Canalys said the Android platform
had the most shipments globally of any other platform with 32.9
million Android-based devices shipped.
"But with Android spread across scores of different devices,
traditional market leader Nokia maintained its position as the
leading smartphone vendor with a 28 percent share, according to
Canalys. While Nokia doesn't have a big smartphone presence in the
U.S., the Finnish company ships more smartphones and mobile phones
in general, than any other vendor globally. Android actually just
barely eclipsed Nokia on platform shipments, 32.9 to 31 million,
according to Canalys.
"The overall smartphone market saw a sales boom in the quarter,
with over 101.2 million units shipped -- 89 percent year-over-year
growth. The growth rate for the year also soared to 80 percent over