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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 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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