Nielsen: Android is Most Popular Among Recent Smart Phone Buyers

The Nielsen Company has issued another report that shows Android’s growth continues to skyrocket.  According to their data, roughly one in three (32 percent) smart phones sold over the last six months were powered by Android.  Apple’s iOS  stayed practically still at 25 percent while RIM devices came in slightly ahead at 26 percent.  Why did Android do so well, you might ask?  How about a slew of phones that include the likes of Droid Incredible, EVO 4G, Droid 2, and Samsung Galaxy S series.

Also in Nielsen’s report were the overall OS share.  Apple still owns this with 31 percent while RIM comes in a close second with 28 percent.  Android?  It’s on the fast track, rising to 19 percent.  The next time we look at this chart we expect to see some changes!

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6 Comments

  1. CM
    October 05, 13:28 Reply

    Other way around… RIM at 31, Apple at 28

  2. Name
    October 05, 13:33 Reply

    I think you have that switched around. RIM owns at 31%, and Apple is at 28%, not the other way around.

  3. skooal
    October 05, 14:02 Reply

    When will you stop comparing what cannot be compared????

    Android is free and can be found on every smartphone, Chinese tablet, toaster, and anything that is “en vogue” AND does not belong to a maker in particular, it is only used and endorsed . RIM and apple ones are only to be found on their handset…

    This doesn’t reflect the truth or even reality…

    Thank you.

    • Mr Nyx
      October 05, 17:41 Reply

      Strange… I could have sworn that the title of the chart said “Top 3 Operating System Share”. Hmm. Weird. It’s almost like it’s a comparison of operating systems, not manufacturers… man that’s really really weird.

      Anyway… who believes numbers and data, anyway? Losers. Who are these crazy Nielsen folks, anyway? Some kind of highly credible Global marketing and advertising research company? Never heard of them. I’ll bet they’ve been lying to people since 1923!

    • Neil
      October 05, 17:45 Reply

      #1 Android is not free.

      #2 The rest of your post just sounds like a sore loser rant.

      Hey, wasn’t iPhone4 supposed to “crush” Android?

      • skooal
        October 05, 18:37 Reply

        Maybe not 100% free but Google released most of the Android code under the Apache License, a free software and open source license.

        and since Like any free software license, the Apache License allows the user of the software the freedom to use the software for any purpose, to distribute it, to modify it, and to distribute modified versions of the software, under the terms of the license…

        Correct me if I am wrong… sounds like it doesn’t cost much to the manufacturer.

        sore loser rant? Typical, can’t express your point of view without being insulted… remind me of the first time I’ve tried Linux and asked for help on a forum… pathetic.

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