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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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RE: iPhone jumped the shark
By Tony Swash on 6/1/2011 11:33:37 AM , Rating: -1
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.

I guess that's why Apple's revenues doubled in size in the last year :)

iPhone jumped the shark about 6 months ago the AOL image they adopted of knowing whats best for consumers is starting to take effect.

A fine example of the 'Apple is doomed' meme.

The Apple is Doomed Meme

Definition: The belief that no matter what is the actual reality of Apple's financial, business or sales performance the company is destined to suffer a severe set back to both it's business and market share.

Origins: The origin of the the Apple is Doomed Meme (AIDM) lies in the transformation that has occurred in the fortunes of Apple since 2000 and the shock this has caused to the world view of a small but vocal minority. This minority is composed mostly of those who are financially or emotionally attached to either the Windows/Microsoft, Google/Android, or Open Source ecosystems or those who consider themselves 'techies' and who therefore prefer their technology to be complex and arcane (which is thus empowering for those who can 'master' it).

The general structure of the belief system that underlies the AIDM is archaic in that it is firmly rooted in the technologies and market conditions of the 1990s, thus AIDM is related closely to the broader 'Techie Luddite' syndrome (the obsessive clinging onto the technological certainties of yesterday).

For a brief period in the 1990s the market for information technology devices was dominated by the following unusual characteristics:

a) The total domination of the personal computer market by PCs running Microsoft software such as Windows and Office.

b) A small market share for Apple products (at it's lowest the Macintosh only had 3% of the PC market) and an almost continual decline in Apple's financial performance (this led to the widely held view that the two phenomena were connected).

c) The domination of the PC market by a model based on a single OS standard straddling many different competing OEMs producing a wide range of different and swiftly evolving hardware platforms and add-ons.

d) The dominant position of enterprise and corporate IT in driving the broader consumer PC market and standards.

This historically fleeting juxtaposition of characteristics is fixed in a minority of people's minds as being somehow the 'natural order of things' and therefore this leads to the belief that this natural order is bound to remerge some day soon. When it does Apple is doomed.


"The Mac still has a tiny market share of only [insert a percentage figure that has to be adjusted upwards every quarter]"

"Microsoft has been slow to get started in [insert any of the wide range of markets and product categories the company has been failing in] but once it gets started it will give crush Apple"

"Android will crush Apple" [a statement which only ever connects to market share and never connects to the most successful business model, in the 1990 the two were synonymous so, for those transfixed by AIDM, the two must always equate]

"Apple has no profile in the enterprise market and that is the dominant market" (implying that the demands of enterprise technology will always trump the demands of the consumer market, something which historically has only ever happened for a brief period in the 1990s]

"Open beats closed" [Note this usually refers to the model of one OS straddling different hardware OEMs. It is a misnomer, what is actually meant is that fragmented beats integrated]

"Soon Apple will pushed back into being a niche player in [insert any market or product sector in which Apple is growing rapidly]

"Apple's success is transitory because it is all based on advertising, media hype and the stupidity of consumers" [whose ability to make rational decisions uninfluenced by ads or hype about what is best to buy to meet their needs has suffered some sort of mysterious collapse since the golden age of the 1990s when their purchases were far more rational]


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?

"I mean, if you wanna break down someone's door, why don't you start with AT&T, for God sakes? They make your amazing phone unusable as a phone!" -- Jon Stewart on Apple and the iPhone

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