Nielsen: Android smartphones gain market share

If you own an Android-based smartphone, you are most definitely not alone. In July a study by Nielsen, conducted in June, said that Android-based smartphones accounted for 38 percent of all smartphones bought in the US. Now a new study by Nielsen released this week shows that number has increased drastically. The survey, conducted in August, shows that 43 percent of all smartphones owners now have an Android-based device. It also shows that of the people who bought a new smartphone in the last three months, 56 percent of them bought an Android-based product. That's a testament to Google's success in getting its mobile operating system in so many popular devices.

Apple, who only has one smartphone for its iOS operating system, the iPhone, is in second place in the new survey. It accounts for 28 percent of all smartphone users. However the upcoming launch of the iPhone 5 could cause a big spike in those numbers. Nielsen says, "Every time Apple launches a new iPhone or makes it available on a new wireless carrier, there is an increase in their sales." Blackberry devices account for 18 percent of all smartphones owned by US users in the new survey, while all the other mobile operating systems, including presumably Windows Phone 7, take up the other 11 percent.

Overall, 43 percent of all mobile phone users own some kind of smartphone, according to the study, and that 56 percent of people who bought a mobile phone in the last three months chose to buy a smartphone over a regular cell phone device.

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its is starting to get worrying. if this continues and all we have left is android, we are going to be in the same position as we were in back before iphone came out. there will no longer be a reason to make anything new and improved. even going down two only ios and android would be bad because they have become carbon copies in terms of what kind of apps can be developed for them.

ILikeTobacco said,
its is starting to get worrying. if this continues and all we have left is android, we are going to be in the same position as we were in back before iphone came out. there will no longer be a reason to make anything new and improved. even going down two only ios and android would be bad because they have become carbon copies in terms of what kind of apps can be developed for them.

Unlikely. This is an extremely competitive market and phones are easily replaceable. A dedicated, solid, and innovative platform can jump into this market and begin to unseat the market leader rather successfully. Have you forgotten that's what Android did to the iPhone? The iPhone had a completely dominant position over the market not too long ago, and people were saying the exact same thing as you, crying over the fact that we'll have a monopoly soon. Then Android came along and surprise surprise, everything's changed. It's foolish to think the same can't happen to Android. Any kind of stagnation by Android will be a huge vulnerability and be a massive opportunity for others to innovate and one-up Google.

OuchOfDeath said,

Unlikely. This is an extremely competitive market and phones are easily replaceable. A dedicated, solid, and innovative platform can jump into this market and begin to unseat the market leader rather successfully. Have you forgotten that's what Android did to the iPhone? The iPhone had a completely dominant position over the market not too long ago, and people were saying the exact same thing as you, crying over the fact that we'll have a monopoly soon. Then Android came along and surprise surprise, everything's changed. It's foolish to think the same can't happen to Android. Any kind of stagnation by Android will be a huge vulnerability and be a massive opportunity for others to innovate and one-up Google.

The problem arises that both Google and Apple strong arm start ups. The only reason Google was able to get in was it had enough power to fight back against Apple. Neither one of these companies allow start ups to rival them and even the government is having issues keeping them from getting out of hand.

WoW this is great for google i hope Google's success !! and ast three months, 56 percent of them bought an Android-based product i hope this come in the next 6 months to70 percent !!.

"Nielsen says, 'Every time Apple launches a new iPhone or makes it available on a new wireless carrier, there is an increase in their sales.'"

These guys are geniuses.

Jeex said,
"Nielsen says, 'Every time Apple launches a new iPhone or makes it available on a new wireless carrier, there is an increase in their sales.'"

These guys are geniuses.

Maybe what they meant was an increase in market share? I'd assume the market sure has increased after each iPhone release, then steadies and then increases again when they next one is released