Apple iPhone halts Android’s growth in U.S.

Apple iPhone halts Android's growth

Well, you know how many of us thought the Android army was unstoppable? Well, Nielsen’s latest numbers suggest that may not be the case in the United States, as it said the Apple iPhone is now driving the growth in smartphone users.

With about 38 percent of the U.S. market, Android is still the leading smartphone platform overall, as Apple’s iPhone only has a 28 percent share. But the report said that the Apple iPhone has shown the most growth in the recent months, which should concern Google because we’ve seen a ton of stellar Android handsets released in the last quarter or so.

The release of the Verizon iPhone may have a lot to do with that, as there were plenty of people on Big Red who wanted an iPhone but didn’t want to switch to AT&T to get one. I do believe that many of these people “settled” for an Android phone and hopped over once the iPhone made its way to the carrier. I’m a happy Verizon Android user but I do get the appeal of Apple’s smartphone.

Looking forward, this could spell some interesting things for Apple if the next iPhones do wind up landing on T-Mobile or Sprint, as rumored. The iOS market share will surely get a significant pop with the new available customers but I’m sure that Android will continue to gain in popularity as it improves features, adds more apps and as it continues to offer different handset varieties.

Another exciting data point out of the Nielsen numbers is that smartphones were the majority of new cell phone purchases over the last few months. While it may be too soon to hold a funeral for the feature phone, that point is rapidly coming up. Let’s just hope that data prices come down so more people can bask in the smartphone glory.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=5005849 Alberto J Simon

    I think there is such an effect as over saturation. There are a ton of android phones released in the last quarter or two but all are mostly rehashes of previous versions and non really stand out. With iPhone you get the name and known quantity and quality of apps. The apple and iphone name still stand premium over some random android handset.

    Also the lack of ability to promise that the latest os will be able to be used on android phones is a bummer.

    Lastly because so many are released, why would someone just not wait longer to see the next 15 latest and greatest android phones which will surely be released in 2 months.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=5005849 Alberto J Simon

    I think there is such an effect as over saturation. There are a ton of android phones released in the last quarter or two but all are mostly rehashes of previous versions and non really stand out. With iPhone you get the name and known quantity and quality of apps. The apple and iphone name still stand premium over some random android handset.

    Also the lack of ability to promise that the latest os will be able to be used on android phones is a bummer.

    Lastly because so many are released, why would someone just not wait longer to see the next 15 latest and greatest android phones which will surely be released in 2 months.

  • MVZ

    Apple has constanly proven that the clsed properatary model can work if the company behind it does not go to cleep while releasing and updating the device  ecosystem and it’s software vs an open model system for which they are multiple vendors for the hardware ecosystem and software they did it in the PC arena and continue to do it in the martphone area.

  • Trdracer21

    THATS CAUSE PEOPLE ARE WAITING FOR A DUAL CORE ON VERIZON!!!

  • Paxmos

    That is not what other sites say!!!!

    • Anonymous

      exactly, I was just about to type the same thing.  Ive read this story on about half-dozen sites., ALL the apple fan sites say what this article is saying but when you read the WHOLE store, Android grew by 2pts and apple by 1pt. Android also has twice as many daily activations as apple and we all know that activations = market share.  at its current pace, Android is on pace to have 1 Million activations a day by this Fall !!! so someone please tell me HTF is apple slowing Android’s growth?

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