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Android is now most wanted smartphone OS in U.S.

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 27 Apr 2011 0:12 User comments (14)

Android is now most wanted smartphone OS in U.S. Android is now most wanted smartphone OS in U.S., says Nielsen.
In the period of July to September 2010, consumers looking for a new smartphone overwhelmingly wanted iOS, with 33 percent saying they would get an iPhone. 26 percent wanted an Android and 13 percent wanted a BlackBerry.

That has changed, however. For the period of January to March 2011, 31 percent would-be buyers said they wanted an Android phone, compared to 30 percent for iOS and only 11 percent for BlackBerry. The remaining were unsure or wanted Windows.

Many of those surveyed were already Android phone owners and it was now their preferred OS.

By market share, Android is leading the way at 37 percent followed by iOS at 27 percent and BlackBerry at 22 percent.

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14 user comments

127.4.2011 3:44
cdman2008
Unverified new user

android is an operating system for a smartphone not a smartphone itself. nothing against android but i bet if ios was on 100 diffrent phones it would be the market leader.

227.4.2011 4:56

Originally posted by cdman2008:
android is an operating system for a smartphone not a smartphone itself. nothing against android but i bet if ios was on 100 diffrent phones it would be the market leader.
Not with the choke hold Apple has on its loyal customers. Nothing against Apple, but because ios is not on a 100 different phones, it is now losing out on market share. I'm not advocating that it should be, however, but they should have taken a cue and learned to dazzle its loyal customers like Google has rather than to follow in the footsteps of Microsoft.

Let's look at the pie chart one more time, shall we.

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327.4.2011 5:28

go droid, you will be assimilated into the collective know as the hive mind, resistance is futile.....

427.4.2011 5:55

A while ago, those numbers said that those same users wanted Apple; I guess they all bought apples and now they realize that they really wanted android.



527.4.2011 8:01

I have always thought the Apple Retina screen was great and their animations were slick, still I suppose the proof of the pudding etc.


Its a lot easier being righteous than right.


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627.4.2011 9:44

Originally posted by cdman2008:
android is an operating system for a smartphone not a smartphone itself. nothing against android but i bet if ios was on 100 diffrent phones it would be the market leader.
I think that is part of the reason it is so popular. Some people may not like the overall design of the iphone. Since Android os comes on different phones, you have a better selection and are not stuck with just one product.

727.4.2011 10:43
lissenup3
Inactive

Originally posted by cdman2008:
android is an operating system for a smartphone not a smartphone itself. nothing against android but i bet if ios was on 100 diffrent phones it would be the market leader.
Sad as that is......because I'm an Apple hater.........you're probably right.

827.4.2011 11:17

Freedom of choice from Apple? LoL...you read too much science fiction.



927.4.2011 12:50

I went Droid with the Galaxy S Vibrant. I don't feel I went wrong at all. To each their own in the end anyways.

1027.4.2011 22:27

Look at the Symbian OS - a paltry 2% market share. How the mighty fall!

1127.4.2011 22:35

I must admit to a certain childish smirk at "Blackberry RIM".

:P


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1228.4.2011 0:13

To be fair to RIM, most of their customers are not shopping for new phones because their old RIM phones still do all the business-only things that they need, and because if they do want more, they are looking at the PlayBook, not at phones. This survey is only of people buying new phones...not of people who are content with their old phones.



1329.4.2011 9:16
randyckay
Unverified new user

Originally posted by cdman2008:
android is an operating system for a smartphone not a smartphone itself. nothing against android but i bet if ios was on 100 diffrent phones it would be the market leader.
Mac OS would also be market leader if His Excellency Mr. Jobs would let other computer makers make computers running Apple's OS. Instead when some companies tried it, many years ago, he sued all of them and had them bankrupt.

1429.4.2011 12:10

I'm an Apple hater hater.

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