We’ve been following Android’s growth pretty closely here at DroidDog, as you can see here, here, here and here. So I wasn’t really surprised when I read Canalys’ latest market analysis this morning. According to the research firm, Android was the most popular smartphone platform in Q4 2010 – taking the crown from Nokia’s Symbian. Android’s share grew from 8.7 in Q4 2009 to 33.3 shipments in Q4 2010 – that’s a whopping 615.1% growth. Symbian also grew, just not as fast as Android. It went from 23.9% phones shipped in Q4 2009 to 31.0% in Q4 2010. Everybody else kept growing except Microsoft’s platform which dropped 20.3 % of its share, going from 3.9% in Q4 2009 to 3.1& shipments in Q3 2010 – that’s not making anybody happy at Redmond this morning. It’s hard to believe that Android is only 2 years old. Who would’ve thought back in October of 2008 when T-Mobile, HTC and Google launched the G1, that just 2 years later it would become the most popular platform in the world? Fast forward to today and Android is showing no sign of stopping. It keeps getting better and better, with the Honeycomb version marking a major turning point. From now on Android will no longer be the half-baked copy cat version of iOS that some people once called it. From what we’ve seen of Honeycomb, Android will not only match iOS’ user interface in some areas but it will best it in others. However, the fight is far from over. We’ve yet to see the effect the Verizon iPhone will have on the market, and whether Microsoft will be able to get people excited about Windows Phone 7. Also, if RIM will be able to completely overhaul the Blackberry and HP bring back WebOS from the dead. This is just the beginning of a very long war, but at least Android is winning right now – and winning big.