Android smart phones are on the move

Phones using the Android OS are gaining fast on BlackBerry, iPhone

Smart phones now take up 25 percent of the U.S. mobile market, showing steady growth, quarter to quarter, during the past year, according to survey results from the Nielsen Company. And phones with the Android operating system are spreading the fastest, going from basically nowhere a year ago to holding 13 percent of the subscriber market in the second quarter of 2010. In fact, during the past six months, Android phones have outsold Apple’s iPhone, by 27 percent to 23 percent of sales during that period, although the iPhone still has more subscribers overall because of previous sales.

Research in Motion’s BlackBerry still is the most-used smart phone, but its lead is getting smaller.


Click for larger image. Source: The Nielsen Company

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Kevin McCaney is a former editor of Defense Systems and GCN.

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