Nielsen, a global leader in measurement and information, released a report today detailing the current US smartphone market. The report mirrors other recent data that suggests that Android is the top overall smartphone operating system, but Apple is the top smartphone manufacturer.
The June data from Nielsen shows that Google’s Android operating system now claims 39 percent of the U.S. consumer smartphone market; iOS holds second place with 28 percent, and RIM Blackberry has dropped to 20 percent.
Last September, Apple CEO Steve Jobs famously called out Google for including upgrades in the search company’s ever-increasing count of Android activations, touting 230,000 iOS activations per day at that time (not including upgrades). What will Jobs make of Google’s latest claim over over 500,000 activations per day?
Conventional wisdom says that if Apple had freely licensed the Mac’s operating system when it was released back in 1984, the vast majority of the world would be using it, Windows would be a niche player, and everyone would be happier.
Conventional wisdom also says that Apple is now making the same mistake by keeping tight and proprietary control over iOS, the iPhone and iPad’s operating system, and by doing so, it’s letting Android, Google’s mobile-device operating system, chomp away at Cupertino’s market share. After all, Android is steadily improving, sales of Android-equipped smartphones are outstripping iPhone sales in some markets, and the number and variety of Android-powered offerings give customers a far richer array of devices from which to choose.
We're sure that there's only a minuscule amount of you out there that actually worry about the ever-increasing Android market share, but the New York Times has discovered that there really isn't much to fret about. Though app developers have been taking an interest in developing software for the Android platform, they're just not making enough money for it to be a priority.
One of the earliest complaints about the iPhone among heavy users of SMS text messaging was the lack of a hardware keyboard -- but it appears that lightning-fast typing is indeed possible on a software keyboard after all.
The up again, down again consumer spending habit saga continues. This time around, the market research gurus at NPD Group have declared that based upon the sales figures of the 2010 second financial quarter, Android is the king of the hill with the purchasing public, with 33% of all purchased handsets rocking Google's OS. The numbers come to us despite Apple's report of having experienced the best financial quarter in the history of the Cupertino-based company.