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Android extends US smartphone lead, Symbian and webOS get marginalized to “others”

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Android extends US smartphone lead, Symbian and webOS get marginalized to “others”
Android extended its lead stateside reaching 43% of all smartphones, while iOS remained flat at 28% in Q3 2011. Together, the two biggest platforms make up 71% of the smartphone market now, according to a report by analysts at Nielsen. The third biggest player, Canadian BlackBerry maker RIM lost 2% of its market presence sliding down to 18% in the third quarter.

Sadly, this trimester also marked the disappearing of Symbian and webOS from the charts. Both operating systems are now included in the “other” category, which is only 4% of smartphone sales in the US. Microsoft's mobile Windows platforms including Windows Phone 7 and Windows Mobile accounted for 7% of the market, a drop of 2% on the quarter.

Sadly, the report didn't include vendor data, but if we rely on Canalys recent estimate, HTC has taken over in the US as the biggest smartphone maker in terms of shipped units.

Another interesting piece of statistics, reveals that smartphones are still mostly adopted by the younger crowd and by younger we mean people under 45 years old. Not counting minors, more than a half of people in this age group own a smartphone, but that percentage sharply drops among elderly people. Nonetheless, even that trend is slowly changing and smart devices now account for 43% of the US market.

source: Nielsen via BGR

Android extends US smartphone lead, Symbian and webOS get marginalized to “others”
Android extends US smartphone lead, Symbian and webOS get marginalized to “others”

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posted on 03 Nov 2011, 09:21 4

1. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


shipped and sold are not the same thing. HTC may have shipped the most, but the other reports showed that Apple and Samsung both outsold them. Basically that just means there is a lot of exess inventory floating around..lol

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 09:22 1

2. rishabh700 (Posts: 2; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


yeah......i agree to you.... remixfa

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 09:22

3. ghost_uwi (Posts: 47; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


heh first

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 09:59 4

13. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 801; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


First Fail!

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 09:23 1

4. ghost_uwi (Posts: 47; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


NOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!! Stolen

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 09:33 6

7. Commentator (Posts: 2293; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Shouldn't have taken the extra time typing "heh" I guess

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 09:37 3

8. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3755; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Can anyone explain to me why people type "first" as their remarks on an article? What is it that it proves? What is the point? It seems useless to me!

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 09:50 5

12. iankellogg (Posts: 155; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


It means you have no life and you hit refresh constantly.

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 10:08 4

14. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3755; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Thanks, that was basically what I was leaning towards anyways. It seems sad that these people have nothing to contribute to an article but a self indulgent "first". Or in this case third! lol

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 10:15 3

15. networkdood (Posts: 6247; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


fifteenth!! lol....jk

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 10:20 3

16. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3755; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


lol Right, I am going to announce my spot in the blog every time I post from now on. lol

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 17:14 1

22. ghost_uwi (Posts: 47; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


first :P

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 17:13

21. ghost_uwi (Posts: 47; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


yeah agreed

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 09:23 1

5. rishabh700 (Posts: 2; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


Also see :-

Asus Eee Pad : First Android Tablet With Slide Out QWERTY..........http://goo.gl/B4rJU

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 09:38 1

9. Commentator (Posts: 2293; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Transformer 2 blows it out of the water, and it's being launched next week.

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 09:29 4

6. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


so.. apple stayed flat and android picked up pretty much everyone that was switching from another platform.

Cant wait for Q1 2012. :)

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 10:36 7

17. ilia1986 (unregistered)


A.N.D.R.O.I.D = A Nice, Dramatically Revered, Operating (system) (for) Intelligent Devices.

A.P.P.L.E = A Piece (of) Product Lacking (in) Everything.

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 11:23 4

18. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


lolol.

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 09:45

10. goflet (Posts: 50; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


28 is bigger than 43*** sign-apple fanboy

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 09:48

11. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Very impressive sales from apple and Android

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 11:23

19. blackrose (Posts: 48; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


yup very nice go android and apple

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 07:54

20. stevedojobs (Posts: 3; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


Blackrose I think you are an American @ a double agent to Android and Apple. I'm the Android fan boy can accept you as double agent. You know why??? Apple is Android real competitor. And the f....king S...e J..s want his company to be monopoly instead to have healthy competition with Android. Here is an article from one of the web side I read that shows that f....king guy want to destroy Android for surviving of his f...king Company

Steve Jobs: 'I'm going to destroy Android'

Jobs went on to say:

I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this.

If that sounds strong then what was to come in another interview really underscores Jobs' sense of betrayal at Android's release and his feeling that it was nothing more than an imitation of iOS.

I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple's $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong.

Apple had had a close relationship with Google prior to Android's launch. Eric Schmidt, Google's former CEO, had even sat on the board of directors at Apple. That relationship quickly deteriorated in the aftermath of Android's launch and subsequently Schmidt stepped down from the Apple board. It's also interesting to note Jobs' use the of the term 'wrong' here. Google's decision to release Android wasn't just taken as a rival company trying to steal Apple's marketshare, it looks like Jobs took it personally.

Ultimately Jobs didn't live long enough to carry out his threat, but nevertheless Apple continues to sue Android manufacturers around the world. There has been no sign of those protracted legal disputes ending any time soon, but perhaps that was because of Jobs? Perhaps with his passing Apple might feel it is able to extract itself from those battles, but why would it? So far Apple has been winning its 'thermonuclear war'.

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