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.