US consumers snapping up Android phones: survey

Oct 05, 2010
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Smartphones powered by Google's Android software were the most popular among US consumers over the past six months ahead of the Blackberry and Apple's iPhone, the Nielsen Co. said on Tuesday.

Thirty-two percent of new smartphone buyers in the United States purchased a handset running during the period, Nielsen said.

Twenty-six percent chose the Blackberry operating system from Canada's and 25 percent chose the iPhone, Nielsen said.

Nielsen said that among all US smartphone owners, Blackberry remains the leader with a 31 percent share of the market followed by the with a 28 percent share and Android with 19 percent, up from eight percent in January.

Blackberry's market share has fallen from 36 percent in January to its current 31 percent while the iPhone's has remained steady.

Technology research firm Gartner said last month that Android will become the number two mobile operating system worldwide this year, leapfrogging and challenging market leader Nokia's Symbian by 2014.

Gartner said Symbian and Android will account for 59.8 percent of mobile operating system sales by 2014.

Gartner said it expected handset manufacturers such as Samsung to launch a number of budget devices in the second half of the year using Android, and for other players such as Sony Ericsson, LG and Motorola to follow suit.

"This trend should help Android become the top OS in North America by the end of 2010," Gartner said.

Skype announced meanwhile that it was making its Internet communications service available for some Android-powered phones including HTC and Motorola devices.

It said a Skype application that can be downloaded at .com/m will allow free Skype-to-Skype calls and instant messaging.

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dilbert
not rated yet Oct 05, 2010
It's good that Apple has some competition.
Yelmurc
not rated yet Oct 05, 2010
As a iPhone user I'm happy to see this. It will force Apple to innovate, and if Android has the largest market share it will mean the bad guys will focus more on that platform and less on Apple's.
Thex1138
1 / 5 (3) Oct 05, 2010
Yelmurc I guess you dont realize that Android was a result of Apple's innovation.... but i guess you're only young..
CreepyD
not rated yet Oct 06, 2010
The thing is, there are dozens of different Android phones, but only 1 line of iPhones. So the iPhone 4 could still be the best selling phone for all we know.
I'd like to see sales based on phone model too out of interest.
Competition is indeed good, maybe we will start seeing android apps in decent numbers soon.
Bob_B
not rated yet Oct 06, 2010
Apple takes big bites of your $$$. Does that taste good?
Yelmurc
not rated yet Oct 08, 2010
Thex1138,

I'm not sure what you mean by that, please elaborate.

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