Losing Europe would pretty much end Nokia’s run as the world’s leading mobile OS.
The Android news lately is starting to feel like the end of a game of Risk. First North America falls, then Asia, now Europe. Bloomberg quotes IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo who thinks Android is poised to own 2011 in Europe.
Without a major competitor and with startling growth rates, it is hard to imagine any other platform slowing down Google’s (GOOG) mobile OS. This is a huge business, with smartphones expected to be almost half (49%) of all phone purchases in Europe next year according to IDC.
Windows Phone 7, Microsoft’s (MSFT) latest try at the smartphone OS, is seeing one-fifteenth of the uptake in the UK (where it is available on multiple platforms) as Android, even with an expensive launch push, according to one retailler.
Nokia (NOK) fired a lot of its leadership this year and looks to be rebooting Symbian with its Meego OS. Even so, Nokia’s N8 flagship Symbian handset is still handily beating all of the Windows Phone 7 devices by a 3-1 margin, according to the same report.
That’s something Fortune talked about before the Windows Phone 7 launch.
Asia is seeing the same Android takeover
GFK reported last week that Android handsets had already passed Symbian in market share in Asia, though GFK’s report somehow didn’t include China or India’s markets in Asia.
The global takeover is made that much more remarkable by the fact that Android just launched two years ago, while Microsoft, RIM and Nokia have been building phone OSes for a decade.