Android Beats Apple and BlackBerry to Become Most Popular Phone OS
The iPhone may be the choice for the hippest kids you know, but according to a new report, Google’s Android is now the most popular smartphone OS in the nation. Thanks to Motorola and HTC releasing hardware that rivals Apple’s iPhone tech, Google has beat out both Apple and Blackberry, according to market research firm NPD Group.
For the first time since the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2007, Blackberry maker RIM fell to second position, as Android took the lead among operating systems in handsets sold to U.S. consumers. NPD's latest wireless market research reveals that Android accounted for 33 percent of all smartphones purchased in Q2, ahead of RIM (28 percent) and Apple (22 percent).
"For the second consecutive quarter, Android handsets have shown strong but slowing sell-through market share gains among U.S. consumers," said Ross Rubin, executive director of industry analysis for NPD. "While the Google-developed OS took market share from RIM, Apple's iOS saw a small gain this quarter on the strength of the iPhone 4 launch.”
Amongst Android phones, the most popular was the Motorola Droid, followed by the HTC Droid Incredible and the HTC EVO 4G.