Android Finishes The Year On Top, Way On Top

Canalys has released their end of year numbers for global smartphone sales. It’s no surprise that everyone’s favorite little green robot operating system is on top of the heap, in fact way on top of the heap.

Before we get all technical remember we are talking about smartphone units here. Android finished up the year with 48.8% of the worldwid smartphone market share. Sales were estimated at 237.8 million handsets for the year.

Apple finished out 2011 with 93.1 million iPhones shipped at 19.1% of the market. Canalys says Apple shipped 37 million iPhones in Q4 while Android did 81.9 million units. In both cases more than double.

The picture isn’t very good for Microsoft. Their Windows Phone platform, including new Windows 7 devices, mango devices and legacy devices with Windows mobile sold 6.8 million for the year. That puts Samsung Bada devies, Symbian devices and the declining RIM devices in front of Microsoft, despite the fact they’ve spent hundreds of millions in advertising.

Smartphones as a whole rose to 62.7% with over 487 million smartphones sold in 2011

source: Canalys via phonearena