May 31 AT 7:59 PM Alberto Vildosola 14 Comments

Nielsen: Android now owns more than a third of the U.S. smartphone market

It’s that time of the week again, folks. Another research firm is reporting that Android is the most popular mobile platform in the U.S. This time is Nielsen’s turn, which today released its mobile report covering the three-month period from February to April.

Echoing Gartner’s report from two weeks ago, Nielsen said that Android now owns 36% of the smartphone market in the U.S. Far behind Android, iOS sits in second place with a respectable 26% of the market, which is closely followed by Blackberry OS with 23%. After Blackberry OS, things start to look a bit bleak for the rest of the mobile platforms.

Coming in on fourth place, Microsoft’s Windows Mobile still has 9% of the market — many months after the company dumped the OS for Windows Phone. Speaking of Windows Phone, the platform has somewhere around 1% of the market, battling it out with the ancient Palm OS.

Finally, HP’s Web OS and Nokia’s Symbian both have 2% of the U.S. market. Seeing how the Symbian platform  is currently headed to the cemetery – partly thanks to Android — expect its U.S. market share to completely disappear over the coming months.

With Android and iOS owning around 2/3 of the market, you’d think there’d be some similarities between the two OS — and there are. In fact, your iOS-toting arch-enemy uses his iPhone for the same stuff that you use your “droid”. According to Nielsen, both Android and iOS users download a bunch of apps, listen to Pandora a lot, and spend many hours watching videos on YouTube.

Where Android and iOS users differ, however, is in how much data they consume. Nielsen says that Android users consume an average of 582MB a month. That’s 90MB more than the 492MB that a typical iOS user consumes in a month. As a former iPhone buyer, I can attest to this. Since iOS users are forced to use iTunes, most of them sync their songs, photos, videos, and ringtones via USB. On the other hand, Android’s cloud-centric design allows its users to sync their photos with Picasa, manage their videos and books with YouTube and the Android Market, and download ringtones with Zedge. Why buy a small computer, if you have to connect it to a “real” computer every time you want to put anything on it?

As Android users, do you guys find yourself using more data than before you had an Android phone? Let us know in the comments.

Alberto is a college student living somewhere between Miami, Sarasota and the World Wide Web. Although a former iPhone owner, Alberto is now a proud Android enthusiast. You can follow Alberto on Twitter and Google+ for his thoughts unworthy of an article.

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  • http://Website Paul

    If MS was smart they’d try and convert Windows Mobile users to Windows Phone by offering Windows Phone for either free or severely discounted. 9% + 1% = 10% of the total market share. Still not RIM/iPhone/Android status but it’d be a much better incentive for developers to make apps for them which will help. RIM is going down slowly, and MS kept pushing at it constantly, they could become #3 relatively soon. Most developers I know wouldn’t consider making an app for iPhone w/o making the same app for Android as well, and I none of them even consider Blackberry (even though they’re #3) and would only consider Windows Phone 7 if it was a bit more popular.

  • http://Website Clara H

    Android is the poor mans iOS.
    Poor people buy Android, rich, hip, normal people buy iPhones.

    I have an iPhone.

    • GRAW

      “I have an iPhone”

      No wonder you troll.

    • kwills88

      Don’t you mean only gullible people buy iPhones? Apple basically releases the same phone every year with minor changes.

    • http://Website Anjie

      yep totally ios is the best, that’s why android is beating it

    • http://Website ronabong

      Your prime example of how iPhones are slowly losing out. It’s trolling uneducated user’s.

    • http://Website Matt

      Again we all ask, THEN WHY ARE YOU HERE?

    • krazytrixxxsta

      another bitter and jealous apple fanboy. just be happy with you got, there no need for you to get all upset and tried to make everyone just as upset as you are. you making yourself look weak and pathetic, stop embarrassing yourself.

    • http://Website Joe L.

      This has to be the dumbest shit I’ve ever heard….considering that AT&T sells the 3GS for what, $49? Just another bitter iPhone user….and what new technology do you get? Nothing. Idiots like you run out and buy an iPhone cause they tell u to….lmao..I’ve had the opportunity thanks to Android, to sample a variety of phones from Samsung, to HTC, to now LG and the G2x…..and you dummies just putting money in the pockets of Steve Jobs cause he says so…..lmao…and lastly, u will never see me on a website called Apple and Me. Why? Cause I don’t give a rats ass what is going on in the Apple world outside of what I’m force fed by the mainstream media….

  • http://Website Rev. Spaminator

    These number mean nothing…..frag-men-ta-tion.

    # how to write Android FUD article, insert this infinite loop..
    while (true=true­) { echo “Oh woe is Google! Fragmentat­ion! The doom of Android!\n­”; }

    • http://Website Rev. Spaminator

      I see some negative ratings.. sorry I didn’t add sarcasm tags folks. (If the joke is just bad then go ahead and beat it down.)

  • Mirza Ghalib

    DOnt forget one fact…Android is OS in at least 10 brands of Smart phones While IOS is in a single Phone that is iPhone.
    SO, these data dosent proove anything but the fact that Apple iPhone is still the King!!!!!

    • http://Website Jon Garrett

      More phones means more choices. it also means you can always have the latest and the greatest instead of having to wait a whole year for a new phone to come out.

      Right now you can get an Android phone with a dual core processor, but NOT for iphone.
      Right now you can get an Android phone with an 8mp camera, on iphone youre stuck with 5mp.
      Right now you can get an Android phone with 3D, NONE available for iphone.
      Right now you can get an Android phone with HDMI, USB and Secure Digital. Not for iphone.
      Right now you can get an Android phone with Flash Support, Never on iphone.

      Android tablets are available in 5 inch, 7 inch, 8.9 inch and 10.1 inches. the ipad only comes in one-size fits all.

      Android tablets have;
      3D video, Stereo Speakers, HDMI, USB, SD, Flash, and higher MP camera’s than the ipad.

      by the time apple release the iphone 5 (this fall or next summer) It will already be obsolete compared to current Android phones and any Android phone released at that time.

      Android devices let you add content by simple drag and drop and hot swappable SD cards. with iOS devices, you’re a slave to iTunes so good luck when you get a new computer and you loose all your shit.

      and by the way, I AM an iphone 4 user and I cant wait to get an Android device !!!

      • http://Website Joe L.

        The greatest answer I’ve ever seen responding to the bitter iPhone community…