Android, the operating system by Google, accounted for 33.3 million of the 101.2 million smartphones shipped worldwide in the fourth quarter 2010, based on reporting from Canalys.
Where is the iOS? Running up well behind with 16.2 million phones shipping in the same timeframe. That represents a 16 percent market share to Android’s 32.9 percent. Research in Motion (producer of the Blackberry) came in just behind iOS with 14.6 million units for 14.4 percent market share.
Adding Verizon as a carrier is expected to let the iPhone catch up extensively to Android’s position in 2011, but the battle of the smartphones is only heating up with the addition of features such as 3D displays, dual-core processing and near field communications chips.
Continued sharp sales with no end in sight for both platforms represent a continually expanding environment for job growth in mobile application development. GogoTraining’s mobile application development training courses for Android are releasing this February and updates to existing iPhone programming course to follow soon after.