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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