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Android tops among new smartphone purchases

Google’s Android OS has become the most popular smartphone operating system in the U.S. among recent smartphone buyers, according to new data from The Nielsen Company. From January to August, the company recorded the OS of smartphone purchases within the last six months, and found that as of August, 32% of recent smartphone purchasers had bought an Android device, followed by both Apple’s iOS and RIM’s BlackBerry OS, which are in a “statistical dead heat” for second with roughly 25%. Among all U.S. smartphone owners, BlackBerry remains the most popular OS with 31% share of the market, followed closely by iOS with 28% and Android with 19%. [via Daring Fireball]

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I truly wonder how many Android handsets were sold as a result of someone not being able to get an iPhone in the US anywhere other than AT&T. I know I’m one of them. I wouldn’t have my Android-based HTC EVO if I could have gotten an iPhone through Sprint, that’s for sure. Don’t get me wrong, I now love my EVO even as I love my iPad. But even now, I would honestly trade it for an iPhone 4 running on the Sprint network.

Posted by Daniel S. on October 5, 2010 at 10:53 PM (CDT)


As an app developer I have an Evo and an iPhone 4. I do use the iPhone 4 more, but not for calls. Whenever I can help it, I use the Evo for calls because the AT&T service is…well…its bad reputation is well deserved. Also, when I know I will need to surf the web, I’ll take the Evo out—both for the 4G access and because, of course—-it can surf the entire web. I don’t honestly run into situations a lot when I need Flash, but with the Evo I don’t have to worry about not being able to access whatever I need. Also, the screen rez may be a little better on the iPhone, but on the Evo that “resolution” is used for screen real estate instead of added visual quality. I’ll take the later hands down. I’d rather be able to see more and have to scroll less, than to have all the graphics appear fractionally better.

Posted by Scott H. on October 6, 2010 at 1:27 AM (CDT)


This is not a surprise. Just as Daniel said, if people could choose from other carriers in addition to AT&T they would sell more phones, not that Apple isn’t doing well already.

Also keep in mind that Apple really only sells one new phone per year (with color/capacity choices, but really that same phone) while RIM and Android have multiple models each year on different carriers (and in Android’s case, different manufacturers!) so it’s very impressive that they are doing so well with AT&T holding them back.

I am lucky, I was already an AT&T user before my iPhone, I happen to live in an area that AT&T services well.

Posted by Dr Love on October 6, 2010 at 8:51 AM (CDT)

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