The march of Android to world domination
The Google mobile operating system now commands 50 percent of all new smartphone sales in the U.S., according to a Nielsen Wire report issued Tuesday.
The survey found that Android powered precisely half of all new smartphones, with Apple's iPhone claiming 25 percent of the market. RIM's Blackberry had 15 percent market share, followed by Microsoft with 7 percent, the Palm Web OS with 2 percent and Nokia's Symbian with 1 percent market share.
Android had only 37 percent of the total smartphone market share, followed by Apple with 27 percent and RIM's Blackberry with 22 percent.
A survey of consumers expecting to buy a new smartphone in the next year found 31 percent naming Android as their platform of choice, versus 30 percent for Apple's iPhone and 11 percent for RIM's Blackberry. In last year's survey, the iPhone was the leading customer preference with 33 percent, versus 26 percent for Android.
The survey underscored the deep rivalry between Google and Apple for control of the mobile web.
However, though Google appears to be winning the battle for market share, Apple continues to enjoy a huge financial advantage, because Google gives away its operating system to dozens of phone manufacturers, while Apple makes its own phones, reaping $10.45 billion in phone sales last quarter to overtake Nokia for the first time.
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