Android Runs Almost 1/2 of US Smartphones

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Android now has a 44 percent share of smartphones in the U.S., says NPD.

But Apple has the number one ranked phone.

In Q3, collectively Android phones took the number one slot. Individually, the iPhone kicked BlackBerry out of the top slot. The iPhone’s market share is now 23 percent (up 1 percent) and BlackBerry’s share is 22 percent (down from 6 percent).

“Much of Android’s quarterly share growth came at the expense of RIM, rather than Apple,” said NPD exec director of industry analysis Ross Rubin. “The HTC EVO 4G, Motorola Droid X, and other new high-end Android devices have been gaining momentum at carriers that traditionally have been strong RIM distributors, and the recent introduction of the BlackBerry Torch has done little to stem the tide.”

Also smartphones continue to gain over standard cellphones. In Q3, the top 5 U.S. phones included only one standard cellphone; the rest were smartphones:

1. Apple iPhone 4 (smartphone)
2. BlackBerry Curve 8500 series (smartphone)
3. LG Cosmos (messaging phone)
4. Motorola Droid X (smartphone)
5. HTC EVO 4G (smartphone)

On a worldwide basis, Nokia is the market leader for all cellphones (not just smartphones). Samsung and LG are ranked 2nd and 3rd followed by Apple and then RIM, according to IDC.

Source: NPD

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  1. Telcos are gravitating to Android to retain a direct relationship with their customers. Apple run a closed shop where App developers are treated with disdain and contempt.

    Telcos can’t get meaningful information from iTunes. Apple takes over the customer relationship once the Telco sells an iPhone. The Telco bears to cost of the network in exchange for a monthly contract whilst Apple takes the cream via App it gets for free from it’s enslaved developers and content it sells on a consignment basis.

    Crazy stuff. Why would App developers and Telcos support Apple in the long term? They answer is the won’t and this is why Android is the future of Smart Phone telephony and mobile computing.

    Apple greed and arrogance will kill the company and dominance. Greed only lasts so long before it kills the host.

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