Nielsen: Android top OS, Apple top manufacturer in U.S.

Android top OS, Apple top manufacturer in U.S.

The latest Nielsen numbers are out for the U.S. and it said that Android is the top platform but Apple is still the largest individual handset maker.

We’ve all been witnesses to the rise of Android for the last couple years and Nielsen said that Google’s mobile platform now has 39 percent of the U.S. smartphone market. With Google activating 550,000 Android devices a day now, don’t look for those numbers to drop any time soon.

Among the Android manufacturers, HTC has the highest market share with 14 percent of the market. This is followed by Motorola with 11 percent, Samsung with 8 percent and then “other” with 6 percent. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Samsung’s numbers shoot up next quarter, as we should finally see the U.S. versions of the Samsung Galaxy S II on all four major carriers.

While Apple’s iPhone only had 28 percent of the market, don’t feel too bad for the company because it is the largest single manufacturer in the United States and its profit margins are higher than any other phone maker. Apple was able to sell 20.34 million iPhones last quarter without the help of a new model and the iPhone 5 (or whatever it’s called) will wind up being a massive hit when it lands this Fall.

While RIM has been going through some rocky times, it still had 20 percent of the market, although that was done year-over-year. Windows Phone 7 and Windows Mobile captured 9 percent (mainly off legacy Windows Mobile users), HP’s webOS had 2 percent and Symbian is still chugging along with 2 percent.

Nielsen: Android top OS, Apple top manufacturer

[Via Nielsen, photo credit: Tsahi Levent-Levi]

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