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.

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



1. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

go go green domination. :)

40. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

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

44. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

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

82. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

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

2. Dujai R.

Posts: 17; Member since: Oct 12, 2009

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

4. frankguillenjr

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 26, 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.

10. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

isn't that coming with iOS 5? maybe not

95. AppleFUD unregistered

if it is, it's coming straight form Android to iOS lol Apple, so innovating in copying Android features.

109. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 2011


13. Yeeee

Posts: 190; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

u can put them on your homescreen too.

24. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 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…

25. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

Not really....

33. Allday28

Posts: 341; Member since: Nov 19, 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..

17. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

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.

106. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

115. AppleFUD unregistered

Actually, no it hasn't.


Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

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

41. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

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

66. fatexo

Posts: 221; Member since: May 21, 2010

can you explain how..??

88. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

He won't, he talks big, acts nothing

91. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

miz is here to stir crap, ignore him.

113. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Why would I stir Android?

3. baldilocks

Posts: 1540; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

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

5. Tre-Nitty

Posts: 470; Member since: Nov 16, 2010

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

7. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 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.

27. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

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

6. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 576; Member since: Apr 30, 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

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.

8. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 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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