Android's Shotgun Approach Pays Off
CREDIT: Nielsen Company
Android sales continued to rise over the past six months, making Google's OS-based phones the most popular in the U.S., according to a Nielsen Company report released today. Nearly one-third of Americans chose Android, compared with one-fourth who chose an iPhone and one-fourth who chose a BlackBerry.
Android still ranks third in over-all system share with 19 percent, Apple's iPhones have 28 percent and RIM for BlackBerry has 31 percent.
During the critical period between July and August when iPhone 4, new Android handsets including the Droid X and Droid 2, and the BlackBerry Torch were first available, Android was the only OS to show an upward tick.
In related news, Samsung today announced its Galaxy S series phones, all Android powered, sold over five million units worldwide, two million in the U.S. alone. Motorola today added to the Android arsenal with the release of three new phones: Bravo, Flipout and Flipside for AT&T.
Android makers continue to opt for the shotgun approach with many phones at all carrier locations compared with Apple's one phone, one store approach ― and it seems to be paying off.