It seems there’s no stopping the little green robots from growing. In Q4 2011, the amount of Android smartphones increased by a whopping 250%, according to Canalys, a market analyst. This means that Android phones account for 52% of the global market, coming from a mere 48.8% in Q4 2010.
Canalys adds that, for the first time, smartphones outsold PCs. This was blamed on the 32% drop in sales of notebooks, with tablets outselling notebooks.
In 2011, Android enjoyed a growth of 244.1%, with 237.8 million devices over the course of 12 months. The iOS by Apple is at second place with 93.1 million devices, which accounts for 19.1% of the pie. Shipments grew to 96% in 2011.
Why was Android so successful in the last three months of 2011? Even before the Christmas spending spree of last year, Android was extremely popular due to handsets such as the Samsung Galaxy S2. With the Galaxy Nexus running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) released in November of 2011, Android’s popularity grew even more.
Are you one of the many owners of an Android device? Do you think Android has reached its peak, or do you think it has nowhere to go but up? Give us your thoughts.