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  (Source: blog.nielsen.com)

  (Source: blog.nielsen.com)
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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March/May 2011
By mcnabney on 6/30/2011 11:25:28 PM , Rating: 1
I am amazed that Windows Phone 7 can barely even get 1% of the US smartphone market. Hell, Windows Mobile has 9%! Sorry Microsoft, but I don't even think that deal with Nokia is going to save you from EPIC FAIL.




RE: March/May 2011
By inighthawki on 7/1/2011 12:34:35 AM , Rating: 2
It's sad too, because it's a REALLY great phone. I own one and as a developer I got access to the early pre-release of mango, and I can say that with that update it is no doubt the best smartphone OS I've seen to date.

-Massive amounts of built in support for different platforms like office, facebook, windows live components, as well as the bing search which now natively supports not just text searching, but music, books, cds, bar codes, QR codes, etc simply by pointing the camera at it.
-Fastest mobile browser in the market
-As of mango it has every big feature you'd expect from other smartphones (copy paste since nodo, multitasking)
-Very smooth performance
-This one is opinion, but I find the idea of the live tile interface far superior to android and ios's icon layouts

The only thing it really lacks are apps, which for most should be no issue porting. The fact that everything is based on C#, silverlight, and XNA makes development as easy as it gets.

I just don't understand why people keep bashing it, it's a solid platform even before mango, and if they do after the release of mango, then I believe they're liking just bashing it because they haven't even tried it.


RE: March/May 2011
By twhittet on 7/1/2011 1:28:24 AM , Rating: 2
As long as they don't abandon it, I think it will pick up a bit eventually. It's just not quite there on functions or app availability, but is getting really close.

Combine Mango with some shiny new hardware and it might hit enough critical mass for people to start caring. Windows has a lot of advantages it can eventually leverage that will come in handy, especially for businesses.


RE: March/May 2011
By RjBass on 7/1/2011 10:09:44 AM , Rating: 2
Nice article on Engadget today discussing WP7 rise in Apps, http://www.engadget.com/2011/07/01/windows-phone-m...


RE: March/May 2011
By bodar on 7/5/2011 6:28:27 AM , Rating: 2
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This one is opinion, but I find the idea of the live tile interface far superior to android and ios's icon layouts


I like the idea, but I hate the execution, personally. It really sours my interest in the platform as a whole.


RE: March/May 2011
By TakinYourPoints on 7/1/2011 6:26:09 AM , Rating: 3
It is too bad because WP7 really is a great mobile platform. I don't care for Android at all, and I really don't understand why it is so popular as the alternative to iOS when WP7 is so good and only keeps getting better.


RE: March/May 2011
By mcnabney on 7/1/2011 10:40:09 AM , Rating: 3
I actually think that the core reason is that people don't want 'more Microsoft'. They aren't happy with the Windows monopoly on the desktop and they don't want to see MS dominating another platform. They used Windows Mobile in the past because Palm had issues. Then RIM took over the business side and the only people not gravitating to Blackberry required Office-editing functions. When Apple arrived they overturned the cart and now EVERYONE wanted a smartphone. Palm, RIM, and MS ALL failed to adapt their platform for the masses. That gave Android a year or two to grow. Currently, the market is divided between old-business using RIM, and everyone else choosing sides between the closed garden of Apple and the something-for-everyone Android.


RE: March/May 2011
By The Raven on 7/1/2011 11:19:19 AM , Rating: 1
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I actually think that the core reason is that people don't want 'more Microsoft'. They aren't happy with the Windows monopoly on the desktop and they don't want to see MS dominating another platform.

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There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — [pauses] — shame on you. Fool me — [pauses] — You can't get fooled again. -Former President George W. Bush

Yeah, even this guy gets it!


RE: March/May 2011
By InsGadget on 7/1/2011 6:28:31 AM , Rating: 2
WP7 is pretty much where Android was 7 months after release. It's too early to call for its demise, but the app marketplace is definitely not slowing down, I can report. Every time I go on there I find some new and interesting apps worth downloading. Not to mention some great games.

Combine that with the already awesome Zune Pass, and it's getting a lot better.


RE: March/May 2011
By Reclaimer77 on 7/1/2011 12:48:40 PM , Rating: 1
It JUST freaking came out. Can you give it some time?


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