Nielsen: iPhone & Android own 71% of U.S. smartphone market
83% of the apps downloaded in the past month were for a Google or Apple phone
The U.S. smartphone market is starting to look like a two-horse race, judging from data scheduled to be released Wednesday by a Nielsen general manager at AppNation III in San Francisco. Among the new findings:
44% of all U.S. mobile subscribers now own a smartphone
56% of the mobile phones purchased in the past three months were smartphones
71% or buyers purchased an “app friendly” — Nielsen’s phrase — Apple AAPL iPhone or Google GOOG Android phone
83% of the app downloaders in the past 30 days use either iPhones or Android phones
As Nielsen’s charts over the past nine months show, Android has grown to be the leading smartphone operating system (now with a 42.8% share), while Apple is still holding on as the leading smartphone manufacturer (with a 28.3% share).
The market shares of the alsorans — Research in Motion RIMM, Microsoft MSFT, Nokia NOK and Palm HPQ — continue to shrink.