Skip to comments.Android is number one OS among US phone buyers over the last six months
Posted on 10/05/2010 11:09:02 AM PDT by PugetSoundSoldier
BlackBerry OS? Dead! iOS? Dead! Symbian? Never stood a chance. Android's exponential growth has today been illustrated by Nielsen's statisticians who present us with the above chart of recent US smartphone purchases. It shows that over the six months leading up to August 2010, 32 percent of American new phone buyers had grabbed themselves a device with Google's OS on board, which is comfortably ahead of RIM at 26 percent and Apple at 25 percent. These results corroborate NPD's figures on the matter -- which peg Android at 33 percent of new US purchases -- and reiterate the idea that Android is headed to a place whose name starts with D and ends with omination.
Android is going to be the dominant force of the future in cell phones. It will be interesting to see how Windows Phone 7 fares, and how Android and Symbian/Meego (Nokia) battle it out worldwide (Nokia completely dominates cell phones outside the US, selling 260,000+ smartphones EACH DAY, not to mention 700,000-800,000 feature phones daily, too).
I love my Droid!
Android is unquestionably the dominant OS in the US, and gaining quickly worldwide. Open platforms and multiple hardware vendors once again trounce the locked-in/single-source approach.
What model would you consider the best droid?
Apple can fix that overnight by ending the exclusive relationship with AT&T.
I think that, if Verizon offered the iPhone, that would have been my first choice. However, after having this one, I'd never go iPhone.
All of my siblings have one. My wife is getting one.
I’m waiting for a wi-fi Galaxy S Tablet, but I’m going WP7 for my phone.
btw, stand byy for a parade of excuses form the you-know-who fans.
“Not one sells more than the iPhone!”
“Apple makes more money when I buy one!”
“People dont know yet how bad they are!”
“No one is getting one because of Android!”
“iPhone is only on AT&T..WAH!”
blah blah blah!
I’ll go out on the limb with a few predicitons:
(1) Android will dominate the smart phone market with Apple a strong second (like we see in personal computers).
(2) The iPad will be overtaken by a Android pads in poplularity in a year.
(3) TV centric internet devices (like Roku and upcomming Boxee device) will grow quickly over the next 5 years. These are currently Linux based, but open Anroid devices will come to dominate this area giving Google one more area it dominates.
There is extremely strong competition. Apple is selling as many iPhones as can be produced. The whole market is growing, but Android is capturing most of that growth, mainly due to having low- and high-end phones, and being available on every carrier from most manufacturers. The premium iPhone will never get the same volume as the collection of Android phones costing $0-$49 (and with the free phone deals as I got). RIM is going to have problems and follow Microsoft if they can’t pull something off soon. Inertia will only carry RIM so far.
Symbian is dead. Like RIM, current sales are an inertia thing.
With this crowded market, and with NOTHING special to bring to the game relative to the other players (in fact, it’s behind), Microsoft is going to have to rely on corporate muscle and patent threats to push Windows Phone 7. That’s why the timing of the patent lawsuit against the only major Android vendor that isn’t a WP7 release partner (Motorola) just before the WP7 release — everybody get in line or else.
What I wonder from you specifically, is with the advent of WP7 will the lack of removable SD cards or multitasking suddenly not be a problem in your opinion?
Probably going to be a strong competitor to Palm's WebOS. ;-)
Recently got the T-Mobile Vibrant made by samsung. Don’t know if it’s the BEST android phone but its got to be close. Has android 2.1 for now and 2.2 is coming soon, with several improvements.
They recently announce the new MyTouch will run Android 2.2. It looks pretty nice.
I just discovered that Microsoft is not supporting THEIR OWN Windows Mobile smartphones in the 64 bit version of Windows 7, with Outlook 2010. That is, no ActiveSync type functionality.
Anyone know if Android can sync up with Outlook 2010 under Win7 64?
Well my daughter is none too happy with her Android. She switched from a Blackberry to a Motorola with Android. Some how she mus downloaded an app with a virus. The virus sent emails from her contacts list.
‘Apple can fix that overnight by ending the exclusive relationship with AT&T.”
Can they? If they could they probably would have by now. In my experience the people that want the iPhone are willing to switch to AT&T. So they’d take a bump but wouldn’t control the market.
“Anyone know if Android can sync up with Outlook 2010 under Win7 64?”
I have a guy doing that. wasn’t hard to set up at all to our exchange server.
That right there shows your ignorance, or complete lack of consideration of anything outside the US. Nokia's selling around 260,000 smartphones a DAY - they do in a week what would be a great month for Apple. And many of what Nokia considers "feature phones" are actually as full-featured as the iPhone, meaning actual iPhone-like Nokia devices are even further ahead in daily sales.
Nokia's FAR from dead.
Windows phone 7 will be a better multi-tasker and more powerful than iOs or android, but more expensive and more battery unfriendly. RIM will retain market share for security functionality.
That said, I’m on my Dell Streak, and I love it. 5” android FTW.
The Samsung Galaxy S (a.k.a., Captivate, Vibrant, Epic 4G, Fascinate) is the best Android phone out there. It has the most powerful graphics, the most energy-sipping and bright screen, and it stayed with a 5MP camera so the picture quality is good. The major downside is some versions don’t have a camera flash or a front-facing camera (the Epic is the only version that has both).
I do just that thing myself! I run Windows 7 x64 with Outlook 2010. I use Google Calendar Sync to synchronize my calendar and contacts with my GMail account.
Then my Android Tablet natively syncs with my GMail account, so it has those contacts and calendar entries.
And my WinMo phone connects to my GMail account as well to sync contacts and calendar.
This allows me to enter a contact or calendar appointment on my Win 7 laptop, my Android tablet, or my WinMo phone, and within a few minutes the entry has been propagated to the other devices, seamlessly. VERY slick and easy to do!
Also, consider SugarSync - I use it as a common “share” between my laptop, tablet, and phone (and any other computer I may borrow). A common 30 GB storage that’s accessible from all platforms. Nice to drop my presentations and latest docs I need to share there (typically PDFs and the like), so no matter where I am, and even if I have just my phone, I can still access what I want and show it/share it as needed.
Does she sync her contact list with her laptop or computer? There have been trojans going around on computers that will spew out your contact lists...
Lots of the Apple Fans love to talk about viruses and malware on Android, but are amazingly silent when asked to provide proof. The fact is that there have been about as many problems in the Android Market as there have been in Apple's App Store - and that number for both is rather small.
Windows Phone 7 doesn't multitask. It doesn't copy/paste either. It's like iOS three years ago.
I guess Bill Gates is telling me, if I want a smartphone, I need to upgrade to the Android or go the iPhone route.
Android does NOT have a subscription requirment ala Apple, correct? I have no need or desire the surf the internet from a cellphone.
I guess I really need to find some resources and read up on these new devices.
The absence of copy/paste is supposed to be fixed after the initial release. Not sure about multitasking. From the early reviews I've seen, it's not "like" any other smartphone.
I'm on the hunt for a phone but will be waiting a few months before I make a decision on which smartphone to buy. A couple of the Android phones look very pretty - and useful. iPhone has been (and still is) the standard and will make my shortlist. I've almost ruled any Symbian phone off my list now. I really like what I've seen about the Windows Phone 7.
If I had to make my choice in the next 6 weeks, WP7 phone would win mainly due to its Office, Zune, and Live integration - but the hardware is rather important too. That said, I'm not committed to any new phone hardware or OS so I might just hang onto my 4-year-old hand-me-down Moto Razor as long as it continues to work.
In another thread, you asked me:
"Ingenuity? That's a tricky one. The Galaxy is pretty much the standard high-end phone package. What seems to be the ingenuity part? The AMOLED screen?"
I'd almost taken time to simply respond 'Google Talk' a day or so later, but then it was announced that Apple was going to allow Google Talk to come to the iPhone even though Google still seems to be silent about it. Maybe iPhone people will get it after all.
Google Talk is pretty much changing my life.
In case you didn't notice, I was using the same over-the-top terminology of the article to make fun of it. RIM and the iPhone are obviously by no means dead.
complete lack of consideration of anything outside the US.
Speaking of that, Apple just started selling the iPhone 4 in China. Long lines, massive sales of course. Apple had 50,000 pre-orders on the first day for a $750-$900 phone.
Nokia's selling around 260,000 smartphones a DAY
There's inertia working for you. When WP7 comes out, Symbian will be the fifth most capable smart phone OS out there. People are already calling for the Nokia CEO to step down, and they're wondering when Nokia will switch to Android. Apple will continue to eat into Nokia's high-end sales, and Android will continue to eat into the low- and high-end sales. And then Microsoft will start taking some high-end sales too.
And many of what Nokia considers "feature phones" are actually as full-featured as the iPhone
Not even close.
That's Google ingenuity, not something specific to the Galaxy S. Still, if not innovative, it is a great assortment of technologies in a decent package.
I believe it's an issue of CPU and power consumption control. Might be nice to have full multitasking but I haven't run into any application on my son's iPhone that I want running in the background that isn't one of those WP7 native applications. Of course I don't use a smartphone continuously through the day - it's possible I just haven't found that uber-app I want running at all times.
Love my Sprint EVO
That's the same with the iPhone, always has been. Apple just didn't let third-party apps freely multitask like Android does (there is controlled multitasking now). WP7 is starting in Apple's initial position, no third-party multitasking. A good example of useful multitasking would be playing music and running your GPS navigation at the same time, and then being able to check your Facebook/WWW/etc without stopping the others.
I'm not sure about a GPS navigation application but I believe that Zune, IE, imbedded radio have the music and any Facebook/WWW multitasking issues covered - because they are all 'native' applications. In fact, I've read you can even see some FB status updates on the main screen tiles if you want.
Not sure how it works with one 3rd party app running while other native apps are running in the background.
The Microsoft apps can still run, but as soon as you switch to one of them you lose your third-party app running. Basically, the problem is that lack of multitasking was a big complaint against Apple, so Apple introduced managed multitasking to allow it while saving batteries. Along comes Microsoft's latest and greatest phone OS, and it doesn't even do that.
It doesn't even do copy/paste, also an initial iPhone complaint, long-since rectified. It also doesn't do IPsec VPN. And for people who favor Android, WP7 also won't do Flash or allow removable SD cards. It's deficient in some way when compared to each of the main competitors. Right now, I can't see a reason to buy it, unless you just like the way it does the social networking thing.
In fact, I've read you can even see some FB status updates on the main screen tiles if you want.
There's an FB widget for Android too, and a Twitter one.
Known issues with Vibrant:
GPS software issues - OTA update completed waiting on rollout.
No handsfree on wired headset - Fixed in android 2.2 waitiing on rollout
No Adobe Flash - Fixed in 2.2 waiting on rollout.
No camera flash - No big deal for me, if i need pro pics, use good camera.
Overall great phone. Are there better phones out there? Maybe, but I'm happy so who cares.
I have my rooted Droid overclocked to 1Ghz (which is twice as fast as a stock Droid). All my apps run smooth as silk.
I'll be happy if Microsoft finds another way of doing a smartphone that really works. I love competition, and it has kind of sucked that Microsoft's effectively been asleep for the last few years.
I really don't like the look of a screen covered in tiny icons but like the idea of running apps in any combination I want. My sister loves the do-everything Droid - and complains of battery life of only 2-3 hours.
Until I have Dick Tracy's two-way-wrist-communicator with an imbedded Star Trek phaser and Intel Corei7 functionality, I'll probably remain unimpressed with at least a few things about these current smartphones.
There's always the old truism, never by a Microsoft product until version 3. You also don't buy an Apple product until version 2.
I guess it depends on your perspective. I'm an Exchange admin, and from where I'm sitting they've been pretty busy.
2010 is pretty sweet. I was referring Microsoft being asleep in the mobile business, with the exception of briefly waking up to pull off the Kin fiasco.
I think you're referring to a data plan requirement? If so then No and Yes. No there is no requirement for a data plan that comes with Android. But Yes in that any Android phone is going to qualify as a "smart phone" and both AT&T and Verizon require a data plan with any smart phone on their network and will automatically add one to your account upon detection that you're using one. Success rates on evading detection have varied.
Wait, just a few posts earlier you stated WP7 doesn’t multitask, now you admit it multitasks like the iPhone. Which is it? Does it multitask or not?
I've made that pretty clear. And, no, I did not say it multitasks like the iPhone. I said it multitasks like the iPhone used to -- showing it's clearly behind the times even on that issue.
I'd be willing to bet that the Windows Phone will do better against the iPhone than Apple's mail and UM servers do against Exchange.
Android if fine..but mother@#$%^&g Motorola Droid sucks. I’ve not even had it a year and I only get five hours on a charge even after continually forcing apps to quit.
Try shutting down WIFI and GPS when not used. My M721 tablet lasts a good 9-10 hours when playing music from the SD card, reading a book, and a little light (~1 hour) browsing over WIFI.
Android has real multitasking, having extra apps running in the background usually does not degrade battery life, only if those apps are streaming WIFI, 3G, or GPS connections.
Right. The Data Plan.
When I initially bought my AT&T Tilt Smart Phone, I wanted a Data Plan, but had it removed after about a year. I wonder if they just require the Data Plan with a smart phone UPON PURCHASE, but allow you to cancel it later. I know that is definitely NOT allowed with the iPhone- you MUST maintain a data plan subscription.
RE: Try shutting down WIFI and GPS when not used
I don’t keep those on. I shut them off and several times a day force quit all apps.