Android is top smartphone OS in the US, iOS is a close second

According to the latest report by the analysts from Nielsen, Android enjoys the highest usage among smartphone platforms in the United States, followed by iOS and BlackBerry OS.

Some 36 percent of US smartphone users have an Android smartphone. In comparison, 26% are using Apple iOS devices, whilst 23% are using RIM’s BlackBerry OS.

The remaining 15% of the smartphone pie is shared between Windows Mobile, which still has a decent 9% user base, and by WebOS, Symbian and PalmOS collectively. It’s a little disappointing to see Symbian despite being the oldest platforms here and still very much alive unlike the now defunct Windows Mobile having no more than 2% market share. Same goes for HP’s WebOS, which deserved a lot more success than it received.

Android’s overall domination comes as no surprise really, considering the huge number of Android devices out there and new ones coming out almost every other week now. Apple’s iOS, on the other hand, has so far been restricted to a handful of devices, ten to be precise, with four versions of the iPhone and iPod touch each and two versions of the iPad, launched over a period of four years. RIM too has a fair number of handsets under its belt and has been around much longer than the other two. We are sure if this chart showed smartphone users across the world, however, the difference between Android and iOS would be even higher as Android phones are available in lot more areas compared to iOS.

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