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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 Aloonatic on 7/1/2011 3:35:09 AM , Rating: 2
Purely anecdotal but in my experience, smart-phones order their priorities as they are named.

Smart first, while being a phone comes a distant second.

My brother has an old fangled Nokia for his work, and a new fangled iPhone. He's had a few of them too. When he calls, its always been oh so obvious which one he is using. When he's on his iPhone (been the same for his 3G, 3GS and 4) conversations are, at times, almost unbearable and it's hard work to understand him at times. Often resulting in me calling him back on a land line, or his other mobile if he has it with him. When he's on his old skool Nokia, then he comes through loud and clear.

I've had similar (but not quite so pronounced) experiences when being called by people on other smart-phones too, and the HTC desire that I had was not exactly brilliant. Sometimes it couldn't even bring itself to send text messages.

As it happens, my Desire got ran over and my contract isn't due for renewal until September, so I bought a Nokia C1 to see me through until then. Frankly, I love it. Sure, there are times when I wish I had the net at my fingertips, but it's great to be able to quickly send text messages and to be able to talk to people and hear them clearly.

Voice/phone-calls are something that all smart-phones really need to work on in my experience, but maybe it's just me and I've been unlucky.

RE: Nielsen
By InsGadget on 7/1/2011 6:25:16 AM , Rating: 2
Meanwhile, my Samsung Focus has perfectly fine call quality. Were both of your friend's phone, smart and otherwise, on the same network?

RE: Nielsen
By Aloonatic on 7/1/2011 8:58:12 AM , Rating: 2
I don't think network is the issue, to be honest. Everyone that I know who has an iPhone suffers the same problem and they are on all sorts of networks.

It's got to the point where if someone is calling me and the quality is almost unbearably bad I'll ask them if they are using an iPhone, and they nearly always reply with "how did you know".

Maybe (only when someone is calling me using an iPhone) I'm holding my own phone wrong? Who knows? :o)

As I said before, it's not just an iPhone thing, and It's probably quite understandable. Being able to talk to people using a smartphone is just 1 of many features, and probably not the primary one for many. As such, maybe we should not be surprised that manufacturers might not be so demanding on voice quality when specing, designing and testing their devices.

RE: Nielsen
By fleshconsumed on 7/1/2011 9:51:17 AM , Rating: 2
That's why all stories are anecdotal. Call quality mainly depends on three factors, such as phone itself, codec used to transmit the call, and the network.

From my anecdotal experience I have had bad results with Motorola Droid on Verizon network. For one, the phone itself had a flaw with noise cancelling algorithm that degraded call quality instead of improving it (I think it was later fixed via software update), and two the phone supported newer codecs which were designed to use less bandwidth while supposedly retaining the same call quality. Except that it didn't work in reality, if I manually forced my phone to use older higher bandwidth codec I got slightly better call quality. Still even after forcing my phone to use older codec the quality was only average.

Three or so months ago I switched to Optimus V with Virgin Mobile (Sprint network) and my calls are crystal clear now. The only issues I have with call quality is when I call someone on ATT, for example my dad on his ATT work blackberry or one of my friends with feature phone on ATT. I think your brother's problem has more to do with iPhone/ATT network than him owning a smartphone. My Optimus V is a smartphone and I have no issues with it. Is your brother's Nokia also on ATT, or a different provider?

RE: Nielsen
By Aloonatic on 7/1/2011 1:20:08 PM , Rating: 2
Please see my other comment (above)

It's not just been my brother and his 1 network. In the UK you can get an iPhone on most networks now, not just the one, and I've had pretty bad experiences with everyone who has an iPhone that I've ever called or been called by. To be fair, that goes for most other smartphones too, frankly.

As I said above, it's perhaps not surprising that call quality is not as good as they are only a small part of what a smart phone is used for, and there is so much more for manufacturers to think about.

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