The number of Android smart phones shipped in the third quarter of 2010 grew a staggering 1,309 per cent year-on-year, from 1.4 million to more than 20 million, according to a Canalys report. It highlighted Samsung, HTC, Motorola and Sony Ericsson's role in shipping huge numbers of Android phones, with companies like LG, Huawei and Acer also doing their bit.
"Vendors are now delivering Android devices across a broad range of price points, from high-end products such as theor , to aggressively priced devices such as the or the Huawei-built , ensuring that Android devices are available and affordable to consumers on almost any budget," said Canalys senior analyst Pete Cunningham.
Even though Nokia hasn't had the best of years, it still remained the top smart-phone maker worldwide. The report said Nokia fans should remain positive, with a new range of Symbian devices and the N8 showing the Finnish firm still had some clout -- but software limitations meant the handsets had to be targeted at those with lighter wallets.
"Nokia still lacks a truly high-end product to compete against the iPhone and leading Android devices. The market is moving quickly and Nokia urgently needs to deliver an exciting and genuinely differentiated, high-end flagshipdevice early next year to regain its reputation as an innovative technology leader, and to retain its leadership position in the market," Cunningham added.
Cheaper Android and Symbian phones could start to affect prices, according to The Wall Street Journal. We now have better quality handsets for cheaper prices, creating more competition for high-end phones.
Many of these cheaper smart phones are available on pay as you go, and most people are more comfortable with buying an unlocked handset than signing up for expensive, long-term contracts. As a result, companies might have to start offering better deals for their more expensive phones if they want to stay in the game. And that can only be a good thing.