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

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


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22 Comments

1. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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

2. rishabh700

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

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

3. ghost_uwi

Posts: 47; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

heh first

13. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

First Fail!

4. ghost_uwi

Posts: 47; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

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

7. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

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

8. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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!

12. iankellogg

Posts: 155; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

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

14. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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

15. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

fifteenth!! lol....jk

16. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

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

22. ghost_uwi

Posts: 47; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

first :P

21. ghost_uwi

Posts: 47; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

yeah agreed

5. rishabh700

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

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

9. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

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

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

so.. apple stayed flat and android picked up pretty much everyone that was switching from another platform. Cant wait for Q1 2012. :)

17. ilia1986 unregistered

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18. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

lolol.

10. goflet

Posts: 50; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

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

11. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Very impressive sales from apple and Android

19. blackrose

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

yup very nice go android and apple

20. stevedojobs

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 04, 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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