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Google's mobile OS now dominates 36 percent of the national smartphone market

Android's dominance in the United States smartphone market continues to grow, boasting a market share of 36 percent, according to Nielsen.

The news comes in yesterday's blog post on NielsenWire, which shows Apple's iOS in second place, trailing Android by 10 percent and just barely edging out RIM's BlackBerry by 3 percent. Windows Mobile (not to be confused with Windows Phone 7) is a distant fourth place, with just 9 percent of total market share. HP's WebOS and Symbian both claim 2 percent, while Windows Phone 7 takes a paltry 1 percent — equal to that of Palm OS.

In addition, Android users also are the most data-hungry smartphone users. "In the first quarter of 2011, Android smartphone owners consumed an average of 582 MB of data each month, compared to 492 MB for iPhone owners," Nielsen reports. 

And while Android users consume more data, iPhone users are more prone to downloading apps, streaming online music, and watching video or mobile TV.

The new data also signifies the proliferation of smartphones, in general, with 37 percent of mobile consumers owning one.

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iPhone jumped the shark
By Mitch101 on 6/1/2011 9:10:16 AM , Rating: 2
iPhone jumped the shark about 6 months ago the AOL image they adopted of knowing whats best for consumers is starting to take effect. Droid sales should send a message that users want a memory slot, flash, and freedom from Steve Jobs. Lets see if Apple gets the message with the iPhone 5. Not holding my breath.

NOBODY I know is considering Apple products (Tablet, Phone, or PC) its like Android pushed Apple right of the edge of the earth and the only tiny voice heard is that of Tony Swash.

RE: iPhone jumped the shark
By BSMonitor on 6/1/11, Rating: 0
RE: iPhone jumped the shark
By Mitch101 on 6/1/2011 9:38:00 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, clearly all those flavors of Droid phones are superior.

Yes...Yes they are. A Blue iPhone would be superior but it would clash with the black turtlenecks so no Blue.

RE: iPhone jumped the shark
By nxjwfgwe on 6/3/11, Rating: 0
RE: iPhone jumped the shark
By StevoLincolnite on 6/1/2011 10:37:40 AM , Rating: 3
EVERYONE I know with a Droid bitches about its ridiculous battery life, pulling the battery out to reboot, incompatible apps..

At least they give you access to the battery to easily remove it...

RE: iPhone jumped the shark
By BSMonitor on 6/1/11, Rating: -1
RE: iPhone jumped the shark
By lolmuly on 6/1/2011 1:04:25 PM , Rating: 5
why would i ever want to open the hood of my car? shouldn't it just work?

RE: iPhone jumped the shark
By Mitch101 on 6/1/2011 1:06:33 PM , Rating: 2
There is a function on these devices called a PHONE. Shouldn't the iPhone be able to make a Phone call without holding it pinky out? Sounds reasonable it is marketed as a phone? I guess it just works if you hold it pinky out that's not a design flaw its a pride statement and I support you girl not gonna judge.

Shouldn't you be able to expand the memory on an iPhone without having to sell it and buy a new one?

RE: iPhone jumped the shark
By weskurtz0081 on 6/1/2011 1:36:34 PM , Rating: 2
Are you joking? Have you ever owned and iPhone for more than a year or two? Do you know anyone that has? A user replaceable battery is a good thing! I have replaced many an iPhone battery for my friends, and had to do the same same for MY iPhone.... it's a major pain in the butt and not worth paying Apple to do, it ends up being a forced upgrade.

RE: iPhone jumped the shark
By ffinder on 6/1/2011 2:49:28 PM , Rating: 2
because if sometimes you need to double your battery's charge you simply carry with you 2 batteries!!

Sorry.. can't do that with iphone..


RE: iPhone jumped the shark
By icanhascpu on 6/2/2011 2:00:42 AM , Rating: 2
I rather not remove the battery at all and have it last all day.

RE: iPhone jumped the shark
By cjohnson2136 on 6/1/2011 12:36:29 PM , Rating: 5
Don't confuse Droid with Android. Droid is the name of a specific phone while Android is the OS that it runs. Battery life is a hardware issue or the people don't understand that playing movies for 10 hours straight without charging kills a cell battery.

I don't really care either way about Android or iOS since I have my WP7 which I think is awesome.

RE: iPhone jumped the shark
By mcnabney on 6/1/11, Rating: 0
RE: iPhone jumped the shark
By sprockkets on 6/1/2011 10:37:51 AM , Rating: 3
Yeah. Only a matter of time before Tony or another stupid fanboi comes and says "OH OH But apple makes all teh money!!!"

RE: iPhone jumped the shark
By Mitch101 on 6/1/2011 1:08:17 PM , Rating: 1
You called it. Bows to sprockkets.

RE: iPhone jumped the shark
By ksherman on 6/1/2011 10:56:54 AM , Rating: 2
Droid sales should send a message that users want a memory slot, flash, and freedom from Steve Jobs.

I would guess that less than 10% of Android (not Droid, that's the name of a particular model) users made their choices based on your reasoning. Most of them choose because they are cheaper than an iPhone and are available on more networks across the country.

Android's rise can largely be attributed to the wide selection on handsets the OS can be found on. Plus, every three months or so a carrier can market a new Android phone as the best one EVAR. Apple doesn't release new iPhones often enough to compete on that front.

I like my iPhone, I liked my EVO4G before it, and I may yet in the future switch back to Android. Steve Jobs has nothing to do with my decision making process. Nor do super slow microSD cards play into my decision making process. Flash is one where I agree, though as a web developer, I am happy to see more website getting creative.

RE: iPhone jumped the shark
By Tony Swash on 6/1/11, Rating: -1
RE: iPhone jumped the shark
By cjohnson2136 on 6/1/2011 1:09:21 PM , Rating: 4
Just curious but how much does Apple pay you?

RE: iPhone jumped the shark
By Tony Swash on 6/1/2011 1:57:59 PM , Rating: 2
Just curious but how much does Apple pay you?

Not a lot but the pension is tremendous :)

RE: iPhone jumped the shark
By cjohnson2136 on 6/1/2011 2:07:16 PM , Rating: 2
Hahaha ok cause you are the only person I have ever met that praises Apple absolutely.

RE: iPhone jumped the shark
By RedemptionAD on 6/2/2011 9:28:56 AM , Rating: 2
Tony, Didn't you get that memo from Jason? Oh, and the one about your TPS reports?

RE: iPhone jumped the shark
By Da W on 6/1/11, Rating: 0
By Arsynic on 6/1/2011 9:10:39 AM , Rating: 2
They don't even need to get Apple and Android users to jump ship. They can just poach some of the RIM crowd, Windows Mobile and Symbian userbase and they are there.

That's why I wanted to see more Enterprise focus on WP7 because that would gobble up all of RIMs audience.

By gamerk2 on 6/1/2011 10:13:01 AM , Rating: 2
Frankly, Microsoft should purchase RIM. Makes a lot of sense, as RIM has the same exact market segment Microsoft wants to capture. Nokia + RIM + Microsoft would be a legit third contender if MS pulled it off.

By ksherman on 6/1/2011 10:59:24 AM , Rating: 2
That's a pretty good idea, though hopefully they don't force enterprise companies to drop their BlackBerry's if they aren't ready. There still isn't a phone OS that does email and security for Enterprise as well as RIM's phones.

By mcnabney on 6/1/2011 3:07:20 PM , Rating: 2

Activesync and BES need to be kept in different hands.

bogus data plan tiers...
By tlbj6142 on 6/1/2011 9:13:46 AM , Rating: 3
It also show how crappy the common 200MB/2GB data plan tiers are compared to real-world usage.

Those those with the 200MB plan must go over quite often and those on the 2GB plan only use ~25%of their plan.

Seems like the tiers should be 500MB/1G/??G, but I guess that's how the carriers make their money. By making you buy more than you need out of fear and lack of choices.

RE: bogus data plan tiers...
By Goty on 6/1/2011 11:14:25 AM , Rating: 2
The 2GB plan is cheaper on AT&T than the (mandatory) unlimited plan used to be, so that kind of kills your argument.

RE: bogus data plan tiers...
By ksherman on 6/1/2011 11:16:50 AM , Rating: 2
Though I wish it was still an option...

RE: bogus data plan tiers...
By icanhascpu on 6/2/2011 2:02:50 AM , Rating: 1
Thats what you get in a monopolized system. Two large companies synchronizing their fucked up price packages. Nothing is done.

Um what?
By smackababy on 6/1/2011 8:54:00 AM , Rating: 2
The heavy data use activities chart makes zero sense. Where are they getting these numbers? I wish I could use over 100% of my data used...

RE: Um what?
By HandiCapable on 6/1/2011 9:10:55 AM , Rating: 2
I admit I haven't read the source report, but I'd guess that's the percent of users who perform the activities shown, rather than a breakdown of activity by average user. In which case, all columns could potentially be 100%.

RE: Um what?
By mofo3k on 6/1/2011 9:14:24 AM , Rating: 3
Each one of the items is the percentage of users who have done each of those activities, not the percentage of overall usage.

Free phones are great!
By vision33r on 6/1/11, Rating: 0
Look out for Mango!
By girth-diggler on 6/1/11, Rating: -1
RE: Look out for Mango!
By shompa on 6/1/2011 11:43:11 AM , Rating: 1
Have you used WinMo 7.5?
Ios5? Or Android 3.1?

My guess is that you have used zero of these operation systems. So why do you think WinMo7.5 will be best?

I think that Ios5 that will debut on monday will rise the bar in mobile computing. I hope that WinMo7/Android have motivated Apple to do something amazing.

RE: Look out for Mango!
By mcnabney on 6/1/2011 3:12:04 PM , Rating: 1
The market generally only buys MS because they have to. Sony did everything wrong with the PS3, MS raped PC gaming, and they still only barely got the Xbox360 into second place behind Nintendo. In an open market that doesn't require an MS monopoly, non-fanbois tend to avoid MS. Don't expect a rush to buy Windows CE, part 3.

"Folks that want porn can buy an Android phone." -- Steve Jobs

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