Android smartphones top iPhones, BlackBerries for first time | Android is No. 1 OS, but Apple, RIM rule Devices

Android smartphones beat out iPhone and BlackBerry devices for the first time in the U.S. in the latest Nielsen Co. survey conducted just prior to Verizon Wireless sales of the iPhone.

Android devices made by several manufacturers were used by 29% of the U.S. market in the November through January reporting period. That compares to 27% each for both Apple iPhones and BlackBerry devices from Research in Motion, Nielsen reported.

In Nielsen’s most recent report from December, the three top smartphone operating systems were in a “statistical dead heat,” a Nielsen spokeswoman said Friday. “I would say [today] is the first time we allude to Android being the lead.”

Microsoft’s Windows Mobile and Windows Phone 7 smartphones got 10% of the U.S. market from November through January, while the WebOS from Hewlett-Packard gained 4% and Symbian from Nokia earned 2%.

Google, Apple, and RIM are all vying for the top spot among the smartphones. But which one is dominant depends on whether you look at operating systems or devices, according to new data from Nielsen.
Among mobile operating systems, Google’s Android has surged into first place in the United States, grabbing 29 percent of the market, compared with 27 percent for Research In Motion’s BlackBerry OS and 27 percent for Apple’s iOS.

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