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New smartphone buyers picking Android over iOS by 2 to1 margin says Nielsen

New smartphone buyers picking Android over iOS by 2 to1 margin says Nielsen
While we are on the cusp of the launch of the next-gen Apple iPhone, stats released by Nielsen show that the Android OS continues to dominate in the States. 43% of U.S. smartphone users were using an Android phone in the U.S. as of August, up from 40% the year before. Behind Android was Apple's iOS with a 28% slice of the smartphone pie. That figure is unchanged from last August. RIM's BlackBerry OS followed with 18% while the "others" category had 11% of  U.S. smartphone owners.

Nielsen's survey's show Android in command of the U.S. smartphone market

Nielsen's survey's show Android in command of the U.S. smartphone market

Perhaps more interesting is the current buying habits of those who have purchased a new smartphone over the last three months ending in August. 56% of those buying a new smartphone from June through August selected an Android flavored model. 28% of those new smartphone buyers purchased the Apple iPhone while the BlackBerry OS and the "others" category accounted for 9% and 6% of new smartphone purchases during the three month period, respectively.

With the next-generation Apple iPhone expected to be introduced October 4th and launched not too long afterward, those numbers could change a bit as we head toward the end of the year. Of course, Android has some anticipated high-end units also due out soon, like the Google Nexus Prime which could be released on November 3rd, as we told you. As for RIM, it might not be until early next year, when the company is expected to deliver on its QNX flavored Superphones, when we might see an improvement in the Canadian manufacturer's share of the U.S. smartphone market.

source: Nielsen via DroidLife

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posted on 26 Sep 2011, 18:38 19

1. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


go go green domination. :)

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 23:11 2

40. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Yup, because who can be green and dominate the insides of a toilet bowl than Android :P

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 23:19 2

44. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


yes and no… when u think of the fact that android phones outnumber iphone wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy more than 2:1 its not that huge…

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 04:57

82. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 813; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


Double isn't huge for some thought, oh it makes me laugh thinkin' bout it. . .

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 18:39 1

2. Dujai R. (Posts: 17; Member since: 12 Oct 2009)


We'll see when the iPhone 5 arrives.
The storm is almost over.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 18:44 11

4. frankguillenjr (Posts: 3; Member since: 26 Sep 2011)


It's still the same OS, they haven't changed it at all. Still has that same boring icon look since 2007. I have an iPhone 4 and will get a Samsung Galaxy S2 from AT&T on Oct. 2nd. What I hate the most about iOS is that I have to dig for the wifi, bluetooth, and brightness toggles. On android you have them there just by pulling the status bar down.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 18:59

10. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


isn't that coming with iOS 5? maybe not

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 09:46

95. AppleFUD (unregistered)


if it is, it's coming straight form Android to iOS lol

Apple, so innovating in copying Android features.

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 14:54

109. darth8ball (Posts: 520; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)


Troll

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 19:22 5

13. Yeeee (Posts: 190; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)


u can put them on your homescreen too.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 20:46

24. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


first of all that isnt android, its samsung.. and second u can easily find those apps in the cydia store… and its the same os as much as android is the same os…

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 20:53 5

25. Synack (Posts: 677; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


Not really....

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 21:11 4

33. Allday28 (Posts: 283; Member since: 19 Nov 2010)


Actually on the galaxy s2 all you have to do is put your finger on the status bar hold it there for a second then move your finger left to roght to toggle the brightness..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjLe5_zTik8

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 19:55 3

17. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


concidering iOS has been picking up marketshare too even with the iphone4, i dont think its going to be a big game changing bump in market share... especially since it doesnt sound like the 4s or the i5 are going to be all that game changing in light of their android competition. I think the biggest bump will be from the iphones being released on new carriers, not because of the new phone itself.

Also you have the SGS2 finally available, some major HTC sets dropping, and the new Nexus Prime with ICS about to drop with huge OS changes inbound.


its bound to be an exciting christmas, regardless.. lol.

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 09:48

96. AppleFUD (unregistered)


You do realize that 1% is well within statistical margin of error, right?

That means, they are showing the iPhone with a flat market share for some time now.

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 14:46

106. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


yes, im aware.
but apple market share has gone up more than 1% in the last year.

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 18:32

115. AppleFUD (unregistered)


Actually, no it hasn't.

posted on 28 Sep 2011, 13:54

122. HAPPYNEWYEAR (Posts: 6; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)


There is no "c" in the word considering. Just saying.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 23:11

41. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Nah, we won't have to considering even the first iPhone is better than the crap Android phones they have today.

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 01:56 2

66. fatexo (Posts: 221; Member since: 21 May 2010)


can you explain how..??

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 06:34 1

88. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


He won't, he talks big, acts nothing

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 08:55 1

91. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


miz is here to stir crap, ignore him.

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 15:26

113. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Why would I stir Android?

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 18:41 2

3. baldilocks (Posts: 753; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)


Well, there's no accounting for taste I guess...

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 18:48 8

5. Tre-Nitty (Posts: 468; Member since: 16 Nov 2010)


Of course it is. There is 14,000 Android devices. Once again who cares. Buy the phone($) you choose to.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 18:51 2

7. corporateJP (Posts: 2431; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


You speak the most sense on this entire message board.

My next bet is on who will start throwing sheep-dung at me first.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 20:54 2

27. Synack (Posts: 677; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


Depends, with everyone moving to Android there will be less iSheep dung to throw!

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 18:51 2

6. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 491; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)


Still, iPhone is still not officially available n Sprint and T-Mobile. I am sure numbers will be different. I am on T-Mobile and do wish it carries the iPhone. The only reason that I am not using an unlocked one is because of the 3G data.

I am still happy using the Vibrant running on Simply Honey

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 09:51 1

97. AppleFUD (unregistered)


You sound like all the apple fans that said Verizon would make the iPhone dominate. . . oh wait, the iphone's market share didn't change with Verizon. Now it's going to be Sprint as the iPhone's savior? Or is it iPhone 5 with all its Android features?

Let's be real. . . the world likes choice, and apple doesn't give choice.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 18:52 9

8. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


rotten Apple made people hating it because of lawsuits against Samsung on similar looking and similar icons in Europe to banned sale of Samsung Galaxy line. I used to like Apple Store in the mall but not more. I don't like to eat apple either. Apple farmers should file lawsuits against Apple inc. for loss of sale and bad images.

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