The Wall Street Journal posted a poll to their site today for their readers to answer, asking which mobile operating system is the best. The results aren’t terrible surprising, but the margins between the winner and the runner-up are very surprising.
The winner so far is Android, and it’s leaving every other mobile operating system in the dust. Out of the almost 8,700 voters in the poll, Android accounted for 5207 of the votes, which is a whopping 60%. While it’s not so surprising to see Android in the lead, what is surprising is that the OS in 2nd place, iOS, is nowhere near Android’s numbers. Apple’s iOS has received 1944 votes, giving it 22.5% of the pie. It’s almost not worthy of noting the other operating systems in the poll, but we will since it shows just how much iOS and Android are ruling in mindshare.
Coming in 3rd place, we’ll find RIM with 9.3% of the poll, giving Apple’s iOS a 13.3% lead, and Android a 50.7% lead over the Blackberry. Palm managed to grab 3.1% of the poll votes, and Microsoft’s Windows Mobile nabbing 2.8%. In all fairness, Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 has yet to really make its debut into the market, but when it does, we imagine the numbers to drastically differ. 2.2% of the voters chose the “Other” category, and we’ll just leave it at that.
Of course, this is all user opinion, and doesn’t reflect actual sales or installed user base. If this was the case, the “Other” category would be holding the top spot, since Symbian is not an option in the poll. Nokia outsells Apple’s iPhone 2 to 1, and the company currently uses Symbian for all of their handsets, so that just goes to show how much mindshare differs from actual sales.
Android nabbing 60% is pretty impressive, and it comes at a good time since we know we’re nearing another version of the OS sometime in the near future. It’ll be interesting to see how different this poll would be in just a year from now, especially with a Verizon iPhone coming in the near future.
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