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Thursday, 04 November 2010 09:57

Android takes the lead in the US

Written by Nick Farell


Bye bye Apple
Google's Android platform has taken the lead in the US smartphone market. NPD Group said that in the third quarter, devices with the Android operating system were installed in 44 per cent of smartphones. Jobs' Mob's iPhone came in second place with 23 per cent.

RIM’s BlackBerry trailed behind in third place with 22 per cent. NPD tracks consumer activity, but doesn’t measure corporate mobile phones purchases which is RIM's key market. However it should scare the pants off Apple which depends on its consumers. Ross Rubin, executive director of industry analysis for NPD Group said that Android has a very strong story to tell in terms of lack of licensing fees, high degree of customization and a significant advantage in terms of an app market.

NPD's research follows another tech research firm Canalys said that Apple was able to muscle past RIM, shipping 5.5 million smartphones in the third quarter, compared with 5.1 million for RIM. But because Android does not charge for its software and is available on a range of devices, it catapulted to the top spot with 9.1 million shipments in the third quarter.

Jobs has been slagging off Android lately saying that app developers are turned off by having to create multiple versions of the software for the numerous devices that run on Android.
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+34 #1 leftiszi 2010-11-04 10:33
Since English is not my native language, I always wondered what job, a worker at RIM does.

:lol:

As for Apple, they are the most rotten IT company in the Milky Way.
 
 
+14 #2 codechimp 2010-11-04 12:17
Quoting leftiszi:
Since English is not my native language, I always wondered what job, a worker at RIM does.

:lol:

As for Apple, they are the most rotten IT company in the Milky Way.


I too would like a RIM job. I also agree that steve jobs is kind of like Mr. Burns IRL.
 
 
+11 #3 blandead 2010-11-04 13:09
that and it friggen plays flash.... for FREE. and its not slow one bit on my droid x. hopefully now soft dev will focus on android and improve it more, but we all knew this day would come eventually, but thought it would take another year at least. Kudos to Android very bright future especially with android tablets actually starting to be released to be put on shelves for retail.
 
 
+3 #4 Fud_u 2010-11-05 00:08
Sometime I'm skeptical of what Jobs said about how many unit is selling or that he just say it to make investor happy when in-term, it's much lower.
 
 
+3 #5 Fud_u 2010-11-05 00:41
Quoting codechimp:
Quoting leftiszi:
Since English is not my native language, I always wondered what job, a worker at RIM does.

:lol:

As for Apple, they are the most rotten IT company in the Milky Way.


I too would like a RIM job. I also agree that steve jobs is kind of like Mr. Burns IRL.


Yea, remember the time he releases the hounds when Gizmodo bought an iphone 4 prototype?
 
 
0 #6 Naterm 2010-11-05 08:01
It never ceases to amaze me that Farrell is surprised by or brings up stuff like this. iOS is available on only two phones at any given time on a single carrier and Android is available across dozens of handsets and multiple carriers. Is it at all surprising that it's selling more? Of course it isn't, at least not if you're capacity for abstract thought has matured beyond that of a sixth grader.

What is surprising is that Apple controls as much of the handset market as it does while only being available on one carrier with only one or two SKUs available. Do you really think Android would be ahead of iOS if it were only the Droid and Droid X available? Of course it wouldn't.
 
 
+1 #7 GrumpyOldMan 2010-11-08 02:30
Hey Nat, you missed the key part. "Free" apps deprive apple of it's rock candy.

Blackberry/RIM will be dead to all but business users who latch on to dead corpses anyway.

I find it hilarious the Windows7 phone just opened up to developers. Talk about dropping the ball. Guess there almost-kinda-maybe serious about smartphones.

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