While this development might be no surprise to folks in the United States, where Symbian smartphones are virtually nonexistent, Nokia’s platform is still a global powerhouse with 30.6 percent of the market (and in fact, sales are still growing despite the loss in market share). Here are a few reasons Android now dominates not only in the United States, but around the world:
Even Nokia is no longer interested in Symbian for its high-end handsets. In late 2009, the company announced that its most expensive smartphones will use Maemo, a platform that later became MeeGo in conjunction with Intel but still hasn’t appeared in a commercially-available product. Android, on the other hand, supports cheap handsets in addition to flagship models, so it can accommodate more of the market.