Android Still Top OS in U.S. Smartphones, Says Nielsen

by: Elmer MontejoJuly 29, 2011

Results of Nielsen’s recent survey regarding smartphones saw Android gaining 3 more percentage points in smartphone OS market share since the last Nielsen survey.

According to Nielsen’s data for June, Android runs on 39% of smartphones in the United States–the currently dominant smartphone operating system, apparently. Apple’s iOS follows at second place with 28% share, and Research in Motion’s Blackberry still at third place with 20% (down by 3% from last survey).

Among Android device manufacturers, HTC takes the largest share with 14%, followed by Motorola (11%), and Samsung (8%). Among all device manufacturers, Apple is lording over all others (with 28% share)–and that’s expected, since no one else produces handsets for iOS except Apple.

Nielsen’s data for June came from its survey involving 20,202 smartphone owners in the United States.

Do these survey results still come as a surprise to you?

  • not the least bit suprising, Blackberry has been losing traction with it’s lack of innovation. iOS appeals to the average consumer, whereas Android owns the high-end and low-end markets. It’s difficult to pinpoint what markets WP7 is strong in as at the moment it’s something of a niche, for those who don’t want iOS but don’t want Android or Blackberry. Symbian is dead, that’s been obvious for a while. Palm and WebOS still only has a small niche market.

    Personally I’m rather fond of Android and WebOS, though Android takes the cake for me. And if by some ungodly catastrophe Android were to die, I would probably switch to iOS simply due to the fact that WebOS still has a very small app count, I love the ecosystem and it’s capabilities, but of course those features that make WebOS great are likely to be implemented into Android (and MAYBE god forbid iOS) in a future update (cue the patent trolls). So if Android were to die and WebOS doesn’t gain enough traction, my choice would be iOS. Blackberry is dying and Symbian is dead, so those are out. And WebOS is too small. Basically the point of that little rant was to say that these numbers do not surprise me at all.

  • garyth

    I like android, trouble is the OS is a battery hog. my galaxy s 3 is dead in just 4-5 hours heavy use (work plus personal) where as iphone 4 s lasts me a little over 8 hours on same usage. I wish android would make some changes to the os to make it lighter on the batter. pls note that both phones have the exact same apps and the iphone was also used as a tomtom gps as well.