Android Pulls Ahead in US Smartphone Race, Nielsen Report Says
Posted in: Mobile & Wireless at 05/03/2011 21:30
The smartphone race is still raging, but who is winning might look different depending which question you ask.
Is Google's Android platform beating Apple's iOS? Yes, and no.
A new report released Thursday by Nielsen, a market research firm, found that Android had become the most popular operating system among United States smartphone users. The report said Android now accounted for 29 percent of all active smartphones. In comparison, the R.I.M. BlackBerry platform and Apple's iOS each account for 27 percent of active smartphones.
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Android smartphones top iPhones, BlackBerries for first time
Android smartphones beat out iPhone and BlackBerry devices for the first time in the U.S. in the latest Nielsen survey conducted just prior to Verizon Wireless sales of the iPhone.
Android devices made by several manufacturers were used by 29% of the U.S. market in the November-through-January reporting period. In comparison, Apple iPhones and BlackBerry devices from Research In Motion each had a 27% share, Nielsen reported.