Nielsen is now reporting that the Android Operating System is the most popular operating system of all new smartphone buyers over the last six months. Nielsen came to this conclusion by analyzing data from January to August of 2010. The report also claims that Apple and Blackberry are in a dead tie for 2nd place.
According to Nielsen (and we aren’t going to dispute them right) Android was adopted y 32% of new smartphone purchasers since January of 2010 while Blackberry and Iphone rank in at 26% and 25% respectively, a dead heat.
Total overall Blackberry still holds the number 1 spot in the United States of “All Smartphone Owners” however they are loosing over iphone users at a steady pace. In overall smartphone owners Rim holds 31%, Apple 28% and Android just 19%.
What this survey suggests, as do many other surveys, Android is being adopted like wild fire and before long it could take the number 1 spot in the United States. Earlier this month Fortune magazine reported that Android was activating 250,000 units per day, up 50,000 units from Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s quote just two months ago. Those numbers didn’t sit well with Apple CEO Steve Jobs who questioned google’s figures citing they were including upgrades. At that time a Google spokesperson debunked that theory stating that “The Android activation numbers do not include upgrades and are, in fact, only a portion of the Android devices in the market since we only include devices that have Google services.”
Non Google Services Android devices include all of those tablets that are being produced without Google Apps and access to market.
Many pundits are speculating that the Android market share may stifle when Verizon announces an Iphone for their network, which could come as soon as CES 2011 in January. Thedroidguy believes that with the variety of Android handsets, form factors, and functionality, a Verizon branded Iphone may slow the growth a little bit, however many Verizon customers have already converted to Android and are now under contract. Thedroidguy also continues to speculate that when the exclusivity deal with AT&T expires the lack of Iphone exclusiveness may wear off as well, kind of like when Dell Computers started showing up at every retailer.
All in all another impressive bunch of stats for our beloved Andy