According to new research published by Nielsen today, Android has officially taken the number one spot in terms of mobile OS usage in the United States.
Android now holds a 29 percent share of the market, while both iOS and RIM’s Blackberry stand at 27 percent each. Windows Mobile and Windows Phone 7 devices account for 10 percent of the U.S. smartphone market; Palm is at 4 percent; Symbian holds onto a 2% share; and finally, there’s a 1 percent “other” category, which would include OSes like the Linux-based MeeGo.
Looking further at an analysis by manufacturer shows RIM and Apple to be the winners compared to other device makers since they are the only ones creating and selling smartphones with their respective operating systems. HTC follows with 12 percent of consumer smartphone owners having an HTC Android device and 7 percent owning an HTC device running a Microsoft OS. Ten percent of consumer smartphone owners had a Motorola Android device and one percent owned a Motorola device running a Microsoft OS.
I know what you’re thinking, these are stats from only one research provider, but Android has been steadily growing and it was only a matter of time before it took the number one spot. Conflicting reports will likely surface in the near future, but the report from Nielsen is a clear indication of Android’s continued dominance.