According to Gartner Android is continuing its ascent. Eventhough the definition of smartphones and OpenOS are blurry. Android is estimated to have powered 20M devices vs. 30M for Symbian.
Gartner doesn’t tell if S40 is included in the Symbian definition as it isn’t usually considered as an OpenOS.
These figures highlight the need to improve Symbian UI and appeal to developpers.
The ascent of Android seems unstoppable as it is supported by a wide range of manufacturers whereas Symbian has become a Nokia proprietary OS.
Let’s watch closely if Nokia N8 featuring Symbian ^3 is a success or a flop. It will give a clear market indicator for the next months.