Nielsen’s Report: Android Phones Outsells Apple’s
Google-powered phones, running on Android OS, have outsold Apple’s iPhone in the U.S. in 2010, according to Nielsen’s report. Among those who purchased a smartphone in the first six months of 2010, Android phones was their preferred choice with 27 percent – compared with 23 percent of those who preferred the iPhone.
Despite this surge, Android phones are still behind in the total market share of smartphones and hold only 13 percent. Apple and RIM are leading with 28 percent and 35, respectively.
These numbers further solidify Google’s Android place in the market and they have increasingly become a formidable opponent to iPhone. However, it is worth noting that Google’s Android OS runs on many phones from many phone makers, which include HTC, Motorola, Samsung and LG. Apple is, of course, running solo with its iPhone and iOS.
The strong growth of the Android OS is unfortunately hampered by limitation in security and rampant app piracy. It was reported earlier in the week how one app has acted maliciously by stealing users’ data. According to one developer about 97 percent of the apps used in Asia, 70 percent in Europe and 43 percent in North America, are of illegal copies.