Android, at 39%, is OS No. 1 in the U.S. But Apple, with 28%, is the No. 1 manufacturer
If you’re having trouble interpreting the chart of the U.S. smartphone market released Thursday by Nielsen, think of it as a brownie pan, a spokesman helpfully suggests, not a pie.
And depending how you slice the brownies, Apple AAPL is either No. 2 or No. 1 in the U.S.
When all the Android phones are combined, Google’s GOOG smartphone operating system is the clear leader. But because so many manufacturers are competing for a share of the Android brownie, and only Apple can make an iPhone, Apple is America’s leading smartphone manufacturer. By a chewy mouthful.