The number of Android handsets sold in the second quarter of 2010 was almost 10.7 million - an 886 per cent rise on the 1 million plus devices sold in the same period in 2009.

Although the huge rise was to be expected - in Q2 2009 the only notable Android handsets were the G1 (HTC Dream) and the HTC Magic - the rise is still phenomenal never-the-less.

There were also more Android handsets sold in Q2 2010 than Apple iPhones (8.4 million). However, with the iPhone 4 not hitting until right at the end of that period (24 June) the results for Q3 are likely to see the balance swing back into Apple's favour.

The boys in Cupertino will also be content with its rise of 61 per cent year-on-year - especially as it gets all the profits for its devices, unlike Google who merely supply an OS across a range of manufactures. Google reportedly has a revenue sharing deal with its device partners.

Google and Apple are still lagging behind RIM and Symbian in terms of units shifted according to figures via the BBC, however.

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Although, as Pocket-lint has previously reported, Nokia (where Symbian is most present) may well be selling more handsets, they are doing so at a cost - Nokia's profits are in decline.

With Microsoft lagging way behind, the technology giant will have to hope that Windows Phone 7 can be its saviour in terms of the smartphone market. Its COO Kevin Turner recently forecast that in the next 3-5 years 450 million smartphones would be sold per year and declared Microsoft "back in this game" as a result of Windows Phone 7.

We'll have to wait to see if it is. It's a fascinating market and one that is almost impossible to predict.

How do you see the smartphone market going? Surely Symbian has had its day? And what of RIM - can its next batch of releases keep it riding high? Who will win out between Google and Apple? And is Microsoft really back in the game? Give us your thoughts below.