Android Now No. 1 Smartphone Around the World

%name Android Now No. 1 Smartphone Around the WorldGoogle got off to a late start in the smartphone market, introducing its Android OS after the debuts of mobile platforms from Microsoft, Nokia and Apple. 

But Android phones are now the No. 1 seller, not just in the U.S., but around the globe, displacing Nokia’s Symbian. 

Smartphone sales have been exploding recently. A new report from research firm Canalys finds Android is number one OS among the 101 million smartphones sold in the fourth quarter of 2010. 

The real question now is whether Android can achieve a similar come-from-behind victory in the tablet space, which Apple currently dominates.  

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