56 percent of smartphones sold in the last three months run Android

By on September 27, 2011, 2:30 PM

More than half of all new smartphone owners in the United States are selecting Android-based handsets. 56 percent of those who picked up a new handset in the past three months went with Google’s offering, according to a new study from Nielsen.

Apple iOS earned the second spot with 28 percent of new users selecting an iPhone over all other offerings. Blackberry usage continues to dwindle with only nine percent of new owners selecting a RIM product. The “Other” category which likely includes Windows Phone 7, Symbian, Bada and the like only accounted for six percent of new purchases.

Nielsen also collected data about all smartphone subscribers which indicates that 43 percent of US smartphone owners operate an Android device. 28 percent own iPhones, 18 percent carry a BlackBerry and 11 percent use some other device not included in the top three.

A study from Canalys last month showed that Google’s Android platform had reached nearly 50 percent of the global smartphone market. Android ranked number one in 35 of the 56 countries that Canalys polled in the market estimate. Shipments of devices running Google’s operating system were up 379 percent from the same time last year.

In what Google has called their best deal ever, the company acquired the mobile phone software startup Android in August 2005 for an undisclosed sum (estimated to be around $50 million). Development on the mobile OS was put into overdrive and in September 2008, T-mobile unveiled the first “Google phone,” the HTC-developed G1.

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1977TA said:

Google is taking over the world one platform at a time.

Rasta211 said:

At least they are doing a good job.

Guest said:

Not last 3 month, September numbers are much higher for Android

aj_the_kidd said:

I suspect with the iPhone 5 release the next 3 months will be dominated by iOS

MilwaukeeMike said:

aj_the_kidd said:

I suspect with the iPhone 5 release the next 3 months will be dominated by iOS

Dominated? Probably not. If Android just took a large amount of business from Blackberry that's probably the business and corporate community, they steal any from Apple. Sooner or later all the people who want an iPhone are going to have one, and most people can't afford to upgrade from an iPhone 3 to an iPhone 5.

Does the iPhone 5 have 4G?

1977TA said:

aj_the_kidd said:

I suspect with the iPhone 5 release the next 3 months will be dominated by iOS

Apple will get a small spike, but Andriod will continue to raise.

9Nails, TechSpot Paladin, said:

While I do like Android, I think iOS comes with better bundled software. Android feels like it comes with feature-less applications if only to persuade you to find something better in their market. I would rather Android come with better applications from the start (EMail, Calculator, Text Messaging, etc)

aj_the_kidd said:

This is Apple fanactics we are talking about here, build it and they will buy. The iPhone 3GS and 4 ran out of stock in the first month or so, chances are its going to happen again for this release. Guess we will have to wait and see just how big the "small spike" will be.

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