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The fine folks at The Nielsen Company have crunched the numbers, they've analyzed the data, they've done some back of the envelope calculations -- heck, they've even made pie charts and graphs. So who's the king of the smartphone operating system and who's going down? Join us after the jump for a closer look at the numbers.
The news just keeps getting worse for Apple’s competitors in the mobile phone market: A new report shows that Cupertino pushed past Blackberry maker Research in Motion in the third quarter to become the fourth largest mobile phone company in the world.
A few weeks ago, we shared with you the fact that market research company ComScore did the math to reveal that as awesome as the iPhone is, the device's marketshare was dwarfed when compared against the figures currently being enjoyed by Android-powered handsets. The report was a perfect example of what most folks who chase Apple news around all day already knew: While Apple was selling all the iPhones they could make, crippled by an exclusivity deal with AT&T and the fact that unlike Google's promiscuous flavor of the month Android OS, iOS is locked to Apple-produced hardware, making for a sales situation that put Google at the top of the heap. As much as we'd like to say that it wasn't the case, it appears that the number-crunchers are back to rub the noses of the Apple-faithful in the mess once again. This time around, The Nielsen Company is swearing up and down that according to their research, Android is the most popular operating system among those who purchased smartphones in the United States in the past six months.
RIM is really shooting for some market share these days, especially now that the competition has really ramped up with Apple's iPhone in the business sphere and Google's Android OS stocked on all sorts of handsets. The Wall Street Journal reports that the company is now preparing a tablet that is supposedly their answer to an already very competitive market--where Apple reigns as King.
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Blackberry maker Research in Motion (RIM) used to rule the mobile roost essentially unchallenged. Until the iPhone was introduced and began eating up its market share. The recent release of the BlackBerry Torch was designed as a counterstrike (its slide out keyboard no doubt an enticement to keep current BB users). However, two international stories threaten to put a damper on the company's comeback.
Earlier this year, the hot news in technology was all about who or what was going to acquire Palm. At the end of the fiasco, HP was the one who walked away victorious with Palm's secret blueprints, acquiring the company for $1.2 billion in late April.
However, word on the street is that the competition for Palm was probably greater than we thought. Apple, Google and BlackBerry makers Research in Motion were also vying for the company's mobile technology.
It's hard to imagine life without our iPhones--let alone GPS, apps, an HD camera and a retina display. But before the RAZR, the BlackBerry and even the StarTAC, there was an unlikely phrase that gave rise to the notion that mobile radios will be able to make calls across countries and oceans: Over and out.
One analyst believes that Apple had another record quarter for the iPhone in the first three months of this year, with a new study showing those users are quite happy with their choice, thank you very much.