Sep 01 AT 5:30 PM Dustin Earley 11 Comments

40 percent of all smartphones in US powered by Android

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The latest numbers on US smartphones from Nielsen have just come in, and as expected, Android is up yet again.

Last time Nielsen put out a report (in late July), it was for Q2 OS market share. At that time, Android was in the lead with 39 percent of the market. This time, the little green guy is up by 1 percent, sitting comfortably at 40. As far as competitors go, Apple is still staying strong with 28 percent, RIM is down again at 19 and Microsoft has a total of 8 percent. Of interesting note, Microsoft’s numbers consist of Windows Mobile and Windows Phone OS. Windows Mobile is at 7 percent, while Windows Phone is at 1. Both Symbian and webOS are now a part of the “other” category, which accounts for 5 percent of the pie.

Perhaps the most compelling numbers out of today’s report pertain to what consumers plan to buy next. When it comes to late adopters, 32 percent plan to buy an Android phone, while 30 percent are undecided. The other 40 percent of late adopters are split up among the the major OSes. The only category where Android doesn’t lead the pack in numbers is what smartphone OS early adopters will buy next. Android has 37 percent. iOS has 38. However, Android more than makes up for the loss in the last category: “Innovators.” 40 percent of innovators, or “the earliest of early adopters,” plan to buy Android phones next.

Source: Nielsen

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • Melanie Weiner

    Im waiting for the next star phone iPhone 5….

    • Tariq

      Anyone who thinks the next iPhone can even remotely have any relevance standing next to the upcoming nexus prime or the HTC vigor must be totally technology dyslexic. Things in the Android world have moved so far ahead of the measly competition that anything other than an Android is just laughable. And anyone who comes to an Android site while pushing iPhone just shows how brainless and how much out of touch these guys really are. They really need to get a life or a proper phone


    Every set some numbers you look at Google is on the rise….

    • Captain Cunntlicka

      You must have a lot of free times on your hands bigchump…

    • Dustin Earley

      I wonder if it will ever level out.

  • GiqueGEAR_Todd

    The numbers tell the same story everywhere, but I continue to talk to people who cry foul. Hard to believe.

  • Interpol91

    With all of this HP Touchpad craze that happened lately I wonder if the “other” category might see a slight bump come next time. Of course with a port of Android, buh-bye webOS

  • uknowme

    Even though we keep hearing this, it always sounds good. The only thing I don’t understand is why someone would go from android to ios?

  • Richard Yarrell

    Nothing beats the LITTLE GREEN GUY…He is and always will be the best….

  • ReducingRadius

    40% of 40%.. Android is on 16% of all cellphones in the US. Whoa.

  • SliestDragon

    Android is taking over. Amazing how fast this is growing….