Neilsen: Android now the most popular smartphone OS in U.S.

According to August data from The Nielsen Company, Android is now the most popular operating system among people who bought a smartphone in the past six months, while Blackberry RIM and Apple iOS are in a statistical dead heat for second place among recent acquirers.

The Nielsen data covers a period that includes a full-month of iPhone 4 availability. (The device became available at the end of June 2010).

Among all smartphone owners, Blackberry still holds the dominant share with 31 percent of the market, though its lead over Apple is declining. Twenty-eight percent of smartphone owners have Apple iPhones, compared to 19 percent who have Android devices.


Source: The Nielsen Company

MacDailyNews Take: There’s very little info to go by besides what’s in the press release above, but we think that these stats are the results of a survey of U.S smartphone buyers, who purchased a smartphone over a six (6) month period, which only includes one (1) month of iPhone 4 sales. Tricky, huh? This is the sort of stuff it takes for all of the Android-based phones put together on multiple carriers to get a “win” over iPhone, besides never-ending BOGO promotions from Verizon, of course.

We continue to contend that when Apple decides the time is right to pull the trigger and moves to multiple carriers in the U.S., as they have already in other countries (where the top smartphone OS picture looks totally different), Google’s Android dream turns into a nightmare as pretty much the sole reason (unless you want fewer apps and more malware while empowering telecoms) to settle for a fake iPhone disappears like the mirage it is.

People do not choose Android phones, they settle for them.

84 Comments

  1. Yes, “people do not choose Android phones, they settle for them” and when they have also invested in apps for their iPads, why invest in more apps for an Android that may be different than the next one they may get. Not all androids are the same. Do Android apps work ing every Android phone?

    Why “settle” just get the best and the one you really wanted!

  2. Yes, “people do not choose Android phones, they settle for them” and when they have also invested in apps for their iPads, why invest in more apps for an Android that may be different than the next one they may get. Not all androids are the same. Do Android apps work ing every Android phone?

    Why “settle” just get the best and the one you really wanted!

  3. well of course you take MDN’s take and the Buy One Get One free campaign that’s been going on, for what a year now? Yeah android will have caught up. but it’s pretty sad that 4+ carriers this long to “catch up”.

    iOS is still king.

  4. well of course you take MDN’s take and the Buy One Get One free campaign that’s been going on, for what a year now? Yeah android will have caught up. but it’s pretty sad that 4+ carriers this long to “catch up”.

    iOS is still king.

  5. Consider the article that talks about the lead the iPad has. It won’t belong before iOS is in 2nd place as well.

    The primary demographic for Android is young males 20 somethings to 30 somethings.

    Yet the interesting thing is that as a developer, you’re likely to sell more product on the iPhone because iPhone users pay for apps, and Android user’s don’t.

  6. Consider the article that talks about the lead the iPad has. It won’t belong before iOS is in 2nd place as well.

    The primary demographic for Android is young males 20 somethings to 30 somethings.

    Yet the interesting thing is that as a developer, you’re likely to sell more product on the iPhone because iPhone users pay for apps, and Android user’s don’t.

  7. Maybe many people are settling for Android phones, but Android is a very strong 2nd choice. Other than subtleties of elegance, there isn’t much offered on the iPhone that you don’t get on the Android. In fact you get more due to the much more relaxed development environment.

    So until the iPhone is available on other carrier, if it ever is, iPhone market share will continue to stagnate.

  8. Maybe many people are settling for Android phones, but Android is a very strong 2nd choice. Other than subtleties of elegance, there isn’t much offered on the iPhone that you don’t get on the Android. In fact you get more due to the much more relaxed development environment.

    So until the iPhone is available on other carrier, if it ever is, iPhone market share will continue to stagnate.

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