Well here’s a bit of news that’s sure to delight the folks up in Mountain View: Android has now taken almost 50 percent of the smartphone market globally, beating out Symbian, iOS, Blackberry and others. According to research firm Canalys, it’s the number one platform in 35 of the 56 countries Canalys tracks, resulting in a market share of 48 percent. Apple’s iOS meanwhile, holds second place, with a market share of 19 percent. Samsung managed to grow globally and overtook Nokia, all the while shipping 17 million devices, a rise of 421 percent versus a year ago. Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 is looking at 1 percent of the market share, something that Steve Ballmer is definitely not happy with.