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. Not all those Android buyers are exactly “settling”. Remember, with every iPhone you get an association with AT&T! That, by itself, could easily be the reason many have yet to choose an iPhone.
    And … yeah! It’s pretty sad that multiple models on each of multiple carriers could not catch up to iOS sooner. Still, Apple needs something akin to “competition” in order to keep the incentive going, keep the upgrades coming.
    Remember … Apple is in a dead-heat for #2 in hand-sets sold but it still #1 in profit. Maybe due in part to the BOGO offers?

  2. It’s time to move to multiple carriers. Whenever someone enters a wireless store they need to be able to compare an iPhone to the competition. They need to see that they really are not getting something just as good as an iPhone.

  3. It’s time to move to multiple carriers. Whenever someone enters a wireless store they need to be able to compare an iPhone to the competition. They need to see that they really are not getting something just as good as an iPhone.

  4. @Jersey-Trader
    You are quite right. People do “settle” for Android – because it is fit for purpose, in exactly the same way that people “settle” for a Ford or a Volkswagen rather than buying a Porche.

    The really good news, of course, is that M$ is no more than a rounding error – to quote Mr Ballmer himself. Long may he stay in charge!

  5. @Jersey-Trader
    You are quite right. People do “settle” for Android – because it is fit for purpose, in exactly the same way that people “settle” for a Ford or a Volkswagen rather than buying a Porche.

    The really good news, of course, is that M$ is no more than a rounding error – to quote Mr Ballmer himself. Long may he stay in charge!

  6. yes, nonlinear curve fitting is stupid here, but makes the graphs look prettier. really there shouldn’t be any lines between the data points since nothing is known about these intervals, and the survey is not done instantaneously either, so there should be smudges covering the time interval of the surveys and not points. generally a lot of sloppy thinking on display in these graphs.

  7. yes, nonlinear curve fitting is stupid here, but makes the graphs look prettier. really there shouldn’t be any lines between the data points since nothing is known about these intervals, and the survey is not done instantaneously either, so there should be smudges covering the time interval of the surveys and not points. generally a lot of sloppy thinking on display in these graphs.

  8. Of course that cute love-able Verizon is so so much better than that evil meanie AT&T….. That is why in a recent judgement, Verizon will have to pay 1.5 billion dollars in over charges to its users…

    I mean who cares if your phone comes preloaded with software that you cannot shut off and from time to time, makes an internet connection costing you a buck….. a buck………. a buck……

    Yep, its Verizon and the current flavor of Android, which ever one that is, for me……

    Yep…….

    Sorry, iPhone 3G, 3Gs, and now an iPhone 4. Love em and so does the family.

    Just a thought,
    en

  9. Of course that cute love-able Verizon is so so much better than that evil meanie AT&T….. That is why in a recent judgement, Verizon will have to pay 1.5 billion dollars in over charges to its users…

    I mean who cares if your phone comes preloaded with software that you cannot shut off and from time to time, makes an internet connection costing you a buck….. a buck………. a buck……

    Yep, its Verizon and the current flavor of Android, which ever one that is, for me……

    Yep…….

    Sorry, iPhone 3G, 3Gs, and now an iPhone 4. Love em and so does the family.

    Just a thought,
    en

  10. iCal me on this one. i got some info From a very Reliable Source who just happens 2b my Friend, which i will not name or Say where he works, as to Protect his Job,
    But the “iPhone will be on Another Carrier in the USA this December.
    He do not know which Carrier it is But i do hope it will be T-Mobile.

    (Lets hope he is Right)

  11. iCal me on this one. i got some info From a very Reliable Source who just happens 2b my Friend, which i will not name or Say where he works, as to Protect his Job,
    But the “iPhone will be on Another Carrier in the USA this December.
    He do not know which Carrier it is But i do hope it will be T-Mobile.

    (Lets hope he is Right)

  12. One of the reasons I don’t buy many apps for my iPhone is because they are, unlike my purchased mp3s, non-transferrable if I decide to change devices. This needs to change. I don’t like paying for software that conspires to lock me to any platform or device. At least with Android there are many different hardware makers to choose from – not so with Apple’s iPhone. I have an iPhone right now because it’s by far the best, but history repeats, and Apple because of their desire to control will never take over the world. They will blow it eventually, and if Android ever takes the lead it’ll be for good, like it was with Windows 95 & the Mac.

  13. One of the reasons I don’t buy many apps for my iPhone is because they are, unlike my purchased mp3s, non-transferrable if I decide to change devices. This needs to change. I don’t like paying for software that conspires to lock me to any platform or device. At least with Android there are many different hardware makers to choose from – not so with Apple’s iPhone. I have an iPhone right now because it’s by far the best, but history repeats, and Apple because of their desire to control will never take over the world. They will blow it eventually, and if Android ever takes the lead it’ll be for good, like it was with Windows 95 & the Mac.

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