Android top OS in the US, iPhone most popular smartphone

By Emil · 22 replies
Nov 1, 2010
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  1. Android has grabbed 43.6 percent of the US smartphone market in the third quarter, making it the dominant player in the US for mobile operating systems, according to Canalys. At the same time, Apple captured 26.2 percent of the market, beating out RIM's 24.2 percent (last quarter RIM had 32.0 percent while Apple had 21.7 percent). That means that all the iPhone versions combined were more popular than all the BlackBerries combined. Meanwhile, Microsoft was dead last this quarter with a mere 3.0 percent.

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  2. edison5do

    edison5do TS Rookie Posts: 231

    Oh.! Open Source is proving that Large maker like the cheap or free software, as for Iphone, im my country it is the favorite one although not everybody can acces one for the price.
  3. crzydave

    crzydave TS Rookie Posts: 23

    I just want a really good smartphone that still has a qwerty keyboard without sacrificing in other areas. I hate using the touch screen on my Samsung Behold II to type. Although it might just be this particular phone.
  4. taea00

    taea00 TS Enthusiast Posts: 102

    The great thing for Google is, they don't care about which smart phone is most popular. They just have to worry about which OS is the most popular. I think this trend is going to continue though. Apple can't retain the OS industry with just the Iphone, but for some reason they have the touch when it comes to hardware.

    I'm just happy to see that an OS on multiple hardware can be stable and quick. People have always believed Microsoft has had a problem making a stable OS due to the amount of software they have to support. I'm happy to see an open source OS be able to bridge multiple hardware and still be able to retain its stability.
  5. peperonikiller

    peperonikiller TS Member Posts: 75

    Here is one reason why I hate how people compare android or windows phone to apple. The iOS can ONLY run on one specific device.. an iphone. so of course it is the most popular phone. Lets say android could only run on the HTC Evo and no other device.. I bet you the Evo would be more popular.. but due to windows and android being able to run on any device created for it that just cuts open the numbers for most used device. Just my two cents
  6. peperonikiller

    peperonikiller TS Member Posts: 75

    gah lol.. you beat me to it
  7. Cueto_99

    Cueto_99 TS Booster Posts: 248   +12

    Well its kind of obvious that Android dominates the OS segment since it can be found on most of the smartphones, unlike IOS4 which only resides in the Iphone4... Still I agree with taea00, he has a good point when he says "I'm just happy to see that an OS on multiple hardware can be stable and quick"... that is not an easy task to accomplish...
  8. Flipcharm

    Flipcharm TS Rookie

    I dare to think that Android will ultimately become the ”Windows for smartphones”, beating even WP7 to that.
    And yes, it doesn't matter if iPhone will continue to be the most popular (single) smartphone, Android and WP7 smartphones (plus the upcoming webOS and MeeGo armies) will soon outnumber it by far.
  9. hamitaltintop22

    hamitaltintop22 TS Rookie Posts: 21

    I think one of the reasons why the iPhone/iOS has been so successful and why its brand name is so strong is because it has one main product at one time, currently the iPhone 4 and previously just the iPhone 3GS. This does not exist for Android. If you want Android there is Samsung, Motorola, HTC, and more with two or three different smartphones each. Even more of an issue is that different carriers have different names for the same phone (ex: Samsung Galaxy S = Samsung Fascinate (Verizon)). This reduces the success and popularity of these Android phones. Their names do not become well-known/established, meaning that no one phone becomes the "phone to get" of Android (though a year and a half ago Motorola Droid or Google's Nexus came really close).

    There are lots of good Android phones (Droid X, Droid 2, Droid Incredible, Galaxy X, etc), but the huge variety and fragmentation inhibits the Android OS from having an iconic phone.
  10. hassaan

    hassaan TS Rookie Posts: 90

    Tbh all I care about is who has the best user experience, and best phone. In fact this notion is true for most of us.
  11. Decimae

    Decimae TS Rookie Posts: 78

    Probably; android and iOS have a good on-screen keyboard. You should try looking at a Desire Z/G2 or Droid (1 or 2). Or if you're on a budget, get yourself(like me) a second-hand G1. If you don't want android, you can get yourself phones like the Touch Pro2.

    IMO this is a good development; I'm an android fan, mostly because of the customizability and the price.
  12. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    Symbian is the most outdated OS, but is still on top and Maemo is barely a contender, Nokia needs to pick their game up if they want to keep that top position.
  13. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,115   +9

    IMO Android deserves to be on top i hated my windows phone it was slow and crashed all the time i can have my phone on for days with no problems with android i love it. I hate to see the iphone on top its an ok phone in an ipod package while most android phones are great in an awesome package. Apple is by far the worst in customer service lets see lets make a phone and have tons pf problems with it but blame the consumer.
  14. Razerblade

    Razerblade TS Rookie Posts: 117

    Android is a great OS IMO. Its seems to work so well, I am so pleassed with my HTC Desire and it just seems to work! The Apple iPhone is a nice phone, but I had to laugh at the alarm bug. I mean, why would a phone put the alarm forward an hour?! Good for you Android, I woke up on time! :)
  15. AnonymousSurfer

    AnonymousSurfer TS Guru Posts: 452   +40

    I am hoping to get a new Droid soon. I'm not much of an iPhone fan, seeing all of the problems they have had and how I already have an iPod touch, I don't really think I need another Apple product. Except for a laptop maybe... Yeah I could use an apple laptop. :)
  16. ruzveh

    ruzveh Banned Posts: 123

    As expected.. definately andriod is better but the hardware and some features are still missing in it
  17. frodough

    frodough TS Rookie Posts: 90

    style runs out, but free things will always be embraced! go android!
  18. uttaradhaka

    uttaradhaka TS Rookie Posts: 53

    So, now android has almost half of the smartphone market? That too after coming late to the party? Just shows the power of collaboration and being free (in both senses of the word).

    Android is in countless phones right now and that has spurred on its growth. This is also the reason the iPhone 4 was the largest selling smartphone in the US, because there is just one iPhone, but many android phones with varied abilities and different target audiences.

    Android has and will have something for everyone and that is going to keep it at the top of the heap for some time to come.
  19. hitech0101

    hitech0101 TS Guru Posts: 451   +34

    Android is probably be going to be the OS for smartphones Nokia seems to beslowly losing its shine as time passes & symbian is not good as the android.The best thing about android it is like OS for PC can operate on many machines unlike the iOS .Nokia needs to really consider a lot of factors like the OS its phone uses & the cost for selling the phones.
  20. kaonis92

    kaonis92 TS Enthusiast Posts: 118

    The only reason the iPhone iOS is not the most popular OS in Europe is the price. The price of the iPhone here is forbidding for most people. On the contrary Nokia offers cheap Symbian smartphones and sells more than everyone.
  21. jazboy

    jazboy TS Rookie Posts: 112

    One more reason to shift to Droid..
  22. xcelofjkl

    xcelofjkl TS Rookie Posts: 86


    Same here in the asian region, prices of the iOS are higher compared to the competition. If only my iPhone wasnt given as a gift I wouldve gotten myself a brand new spankin Windows Phone 7.... or Android...?
  23. Android is an unstoppable force and Apple has become a sad punchline. All you see about them lately is bad news. You know, they say that any press is good press.... I don't think so anymore when I look at Apple. Glitchy software, defective hardware, bad customer service.... Everyone say goodbye to Apple while you still can....

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