March 4, 2011
Who is winning the U.S. smart phone battle? That depends on whether you’re looking at operating systems or manufacturers, according to a new report by Nielsen. The company looked at consumer preferences from November 2010 through January of this year. If you own a smart phone, it’s almost a guarantee it contains an operating system from Apple, Google Android, or RIM BlackBerry. Together the three powerhouses account for 83 percent of the market. The breakdown is as follows: Android, 29 percent; Apple iOS, 27 percent; and RIM BlackBerry, 27 percent. Microsoft’s Windows Mobile (10 percent) and HP/Palm WebOS (4 percent) are far behind.