Nielsen released figures recently showing that among recent smartphone subscribers in the U.S., Android's 27% share has surpassed the iPhone's 23% share to become the second most popular selling smartphone OS, behind RIM's BlackBerry, with 33%. In addition, according to Canalys, "Android smart phone shipments grow 886% year-on-year in Q2 2010."
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AndroidGuys mentions that "Nielson is the same source that Apple used back in June to tout the "three times the market share of Android" figures."
EuroDroid observes that "Android is on a one-way rocket trip to beyond infinity, while everything else drops – and Android has also overtaken iPhone. Next stop, RIM’s BlackBerry."
Nielsen writes that "Android’s rise is even more noticeable among new smartphone subscribers in the last six months where Android has nosed past Apple’s iOS in the last quarter to grab a 27% share of those recent smartphone subscribers." Nielsen also makes an interesting prediction that by the end of next year, smartphones will "overtake feature phones in the U.S. market."
Canalys notes that their detaled analysis of data indicates that Android's collective growth among a wide number of "handset vendor's portfolios" is the most incredible:
With key products from HTC, Motorola, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and LG, among others, shipments of smart phones running the Google-backed Android operating system grew an impressive 886% in Q2 2010.
Canalys also contends that in the US, Android grew 851% in Q2 2010 to attain a 34% share of the US market, making it the "largest smart phone platform in the country." However, Nielsen's figures seem to dispute the numbers coming from Canalys, so I'll defer to Nielsen as for now.
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