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Android remains the most popular smartphone OS with 38 percent of users owning an Android device

Wherever you go in today's world, you're likely to see smartphone users. Whether they're typing away on Facebook or in a text message, or flinging birds into piles of pigs, it's not uncommon to see user's faces buried in their mobile devices. 

With this being the case, it's no surprise that Nielsen's May survey reported that a large percentage of mobile consumers in the U.S. own smartphones, and that smartphones account for a majority of new cell phone purchases.

According to the survey, 38 percent of mobile consumers now own smartphones, and 55 percent of those who purchased handsets over the past three months bought a smartphone instead of a feature phone. This number increased 34 percent from a year ago.

Earlier this month, Nielsen reported that Android was number one in the smartphone market share and data usage, and that continues to be true. Android is the most popular smartphone OS with 38 percent of users owning an Android device. 

Even though Android sits in the number one spot, Apple's iPhone has experienced the most growth.

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RE: Nielsen
By inighthawki on 6/30/2011 7:38:51 PM , Rating: 3
Anyone who wants a phone and doesn't want to pay for a data plan (that they may not want/use) or pay $300+ for the phone (because they didn't get a data plan). Does this really surprise you that much?

RE: Nielsen
By Shig on 6/30/2011 8:29:39 PM , Rating: 2
Well to be fair, just because the US is completely corrupt on the telecom front, doesn't mean Europe and Asia are getting screwed like us.

WTB 1 year contracts and flexible unlocked options :(

RE: Nielsen
By mcnabney on 6/30/2011 11:21:35 PM , Rating: 2
Europe and Asia have much higher population densities to support very expensive build-outs. Also, US wireless carriers have to pay LUDICROUS amounts of money for the spectrum they use. Those higher costs lead to higher service and equipment fees.

RE: Nielsen
By WelshBloke on 7/4/2011 8:38:21 AM , Rating: 2
And the fact that American consumers are happy to make excuses for the carriers while getting FITA by those same carriers.

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