Mobile phone manufacturer Sony Ericsson has credited its Android-based handsets with driving its profits in the last year.
According to the company's latest trading statement, the manufacturer shipped 43.1 million handsets during 2010.
As a result, Sony Ericsson occupied a four per cent share of the global handset market throughout the year as a whole.
The technology firm stated that its handsets with the Android operating system proved particularly popular during this period and helped it achieve four consecutive quarters of profitability.
Bert Nordberg, president and chief executive of Sony Ericsson, said: "We will celebrate the tenth anniversary of the creation of Sony Ericsson in 2011 and as shown by the recently announced Xperia arc, we will continue to focus on delivering the most entertaining smartphones worldwide."
Estimates from the company also indicate that nearly 1.2 billion handsets were shipped around the world last year.
This, it said, is slightly up on the amount recorded in the global handset market 12 months earlier.
As a result, Sony Ericsson is optimistic that further "modest growth" in this sector will be seen during 2011.
Profits at the company were also supported by an internal restructuring programme, which saw the number of people it employs cut by about 4,000.
Sony Ericsson also managed to reduce costs by "consolidating its facilities" across the world.
This comes shortly after the company's acting head of global marketing called on the mobile phone industry to embrace the Android operating system more heavily.
Speaking to Pocket-lint, Steven Walker said this would be in the interests of both consumers and developers, as neither group are likely to throw their weight behind every single option currently on the market.
However, he confirmed that Sony Ericsson is keeping an open mind about incorporating other operating systems into its product portfolio, such as Windows Phone 7.