Nokia may not want it, and a lot of people view it as a relic from a low-tech past, but Symbian nonetheless ends 2011 just as it started it, as the planet's most popular mobile OS.
In fact, not only is it the most popular, but Symbian's market share has actually grown over the past 12 months, and it has been the best-performing platform of all since October.
According to StatCounter, Symbian's current slice of the global OS pie stands at a healthy 33.53%, with iOS and Android following in second and third on 22.62% and 21.77% respectively. Android has been the biggest mover of the year, improving its share to the tune of 50% from January's levels.
RIM's BlackBerry OS is the year's big loser – no surprise there – with its figure dropping from 15% to under 8% at present.
So why do the figures paint a far rosier picture for Symbian than the everyday consensus? Two words: developing markets. In Asia, Symbian is the OS on board 57% of new devices sold, while in Africa that figure is as high as 73%.
As for the UK, iOS is top dog with 40% of the market, which is fully double the 20% figure reported for Android. BlackBerry OS still holds a 33% market share here in Blighty, which suggests all the doom and gloom supposedly surrounding RIM at the moment may be slightly overstated. Then again, with under 7% hold in the US, maybe it isn't.
Oh, and Symbian? Just 2.47% here in the UK, and 4.71% in the States. But before you start thinking Nokia's move to Windows Phone is a no-brainer, the Microsoft platform is still running at under 1% both here and in the US. Third ecosystem? Not yet, it ain't...