Google’s little green Android is not that little anymore…It is now the number 1 smartphone OS in the US, topping that of Apple’s iOS and RIM’s BlackBerry OS.
In a study conducted by Neilson, it has been found that the Android operating system accounts for a majority 29% of the smartphone market. Apple’s iOS and RIM’s BlackBerry devices both hold a strong 27% stake, with Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 and Windows Mobile holding 10% of the market. Palm trails with 4% and Nokia’s old OS Symbian is practically non existant with a 2% market share, with a 1% “other” category.
You can see Neilson’s findings in a visual chart above, via Mashable. Barrons has made a very good point which is that Neilson’s figures are only up until January 2011. This means that the numbers will not reflect the market, now that the Verizon has released their iPhone. The Verizon iPhone was a much sought after phone for a long time and when the huge sales figures of the handset are used in an updated study it could well turn the maket share around.
Bare in mind that these are figures from only one company, other organisations have recorded different figures and beg to differ. Android was reportedly supposed to be the top OS in the US in 2014, so if these figures are accurate it looks like its success has brought that accolade 3 years early. Of course the market can change overnight with the release of just a single smartphone, so lets see how it looks when the iPhone 5 emerges. Do you think Android is the top OS? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.