Android Zooms Past iPhone In US

Figures released by the Nielsen company in the United States show that the Google-backed Android platform is winning the war against RIM's Blackberry and the Apple iPhone.

Data looking at what people purchased during the previous six months showed that the operating market share of Android surged from 6 per cent to 27 per cent between the second half of 2009 (where the iPhone 3GS was launched) and the first six months of 2010 (when a glut of Android phones including the Nexus One and the HTC Desire debuted).

Most notably, Apple's share of the market has been decreasing faster than anyone else, shedding nearly a third of its portion of the market. In comparison, the RIM Blackberry OS share of the market fell by around 16 per cent.

What's even more significant is that in 2009, Apple's share was nearly six times bigger than that of Android; now, the latter has surpassed the former and evidence point to the fact that more people are preferring Android to the iPhone.

At this rate, Android will be the dominant smartphone platform by the end of the year at least in the US. The report by Nielsen - which comes shortly after that from Canalys - also showed that the category now accounts for a quarter of the US mobile market and that by the end of next year should surpass that of feature phones.