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Apple’s iOS Leads The Pack In The USA

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For a mobile phone that has been out for less than five years, the iPhone has made some extremely impressive strides since 2007.

In recent years however, we’ve seen improved smartphones coming to market with the most notable iPhone competitors being various touchscreen devices running Google’s Android OS.

According to a report from Nielsen, when looking at smartphone operating system numbers in the USA, iOS reigns supreme.

However, Apple’s iOS lead may not last forever. Android is picking up users very quickly. As Nielsen further indicates, according to November data, “the popularity of the Android OS among those who purchased a smartphone in the last six months (40%) makes it the leading OS among recent acquirers”.

Nielsen further adds,

But despite its surge among recent acquirers, when it comes to overall consumer market share, Android OS (25.8%) is still behind Apple iOS (28.6%). RIM Blackberry’s position is less clear: Its share (26.1%) puts it within the margin of error of both Apple iOS and Android. In other words, RIM remains statistically tied with both Apple for first and Android for third. Apple’s clear lead over Android notwithstanding, this race might still be too close to call.

This data is likely very similar to that found in Canada as well, since Android devices have not completely saturated the Canadian wireless landscape. Overall it seems that Apple’s iOS still leads by a slim margin, but the question is, for how long?

Will your next smartphone be an Android-based device?

[Nielsen]

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  • Anonymous

    id like to meet some1 who bought atleast two of the top three devices to let us know which OS is most userfriendly and intuitive??

    i hate bbm users since they usually never even gave the iphone a chance & they dare judge!

  • PhoneHound

    In Canada, Android is likely leading the iPhone by a considerable margin, as Apple has treated iPhone users so poorly. Even 6 months after the iPhone was released, it is not possible to make an appointment and get an iPhone at an Apple Store (I just checked, and they say you still have to line up each morning to get a spot for an upgrade phone). In the US, users have been able to get an iPhone without waiting in line for at least the last 6 months, so its not a matter of phones not being available. Its probably part of some Apple strategy to sell unlocked phones at full price. Treating Canadians like this is just not acceptable, and I now tell all my friends to go for Android, as nobody will enjoy dealing with a company that makes every future upgrade this painful.

    The iPhone in Canada blog is one great aspect of owning an iPhone in Canada. I hope you do some investigation in the future of why Canadians are being treated so much worse than others around the world.

  • what are you on crack, in canada the iphone is now available by all the major carriers and BB and Android have suffered from that. In the US is been all AT&T, with Verizon, and later others getting it this year, you will see Android lag. Plus the Android numbers are inflated, because its not just one phone. While BB and Android have multiple phones compared to the one offering by apple. And in the US, like i said its one carrier, so its limited to those able to switch and those already on the network. I am not saying that most of the product ends up in the US its a bigger market.

  • what are you on crack, in canada the iphone is now available by all the major carriers and BB and Android have suffered from that. In the US is been all AT&T, with Verizon, and later others getting it this year, you will see Android lag. Plus the Android numbers are inflated, because its not just one phone. While BB and Android have multiple phones compared to the one offering by apple. And in the US, like i said its one carrier, so its limited to those able to switch and those already on the network. I am not saying that most of the product ends up in the US its a bigger market.

  • Drewish

    At first i thought android was going to bomb out to be honest. All/most iphone killers did. But they kept up
    On alot of things which impresses
    Me alot! Apple software seems to
    Be slow at updates. Although i do like the support they do offer.To be honest. If i couldnt jailbreak my iphone i would probably use android. I like a full custom phone. I want to choose where everythong goes. And apple just seems to make you bow to them and say that your purchased phone is still theres. (or so it feels like it). The other thinh i am not impressed about it how they market things. Like as if its new. Video and flash should have been on the first iphone. But they chose to leave it out and bring it as a feature on the new iphone! Bs! I even checked out the windows 7 phone and i think i like their layout the best. Just Too bad i dont trust microsoft..

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