55% Of Americans Now Own A Smartphone
The smartphone is the runaway choice among Americans for staying glued to the web and this has prompted record sales of smartphones. A recent study conducted by Nielsen, found that 2/3 of new mobile phone buyers in the US are opting for a smartphone.
This strong desire for iPhones and Samsung Galaxy IIIs has pushed the number of smartphone users in the States to unprecedented numbers. It is now estimated that 55% of Americans now own smartphones. The new race to be number one among smartphone users is of course having casualties. Ever since Apple came along with the iPhone, it has slowly led to the decline of other brands; most notably RIM’s Blackberry which is all but dead at the moment.
Even software giant Microsoft hasn’t been able to keep up and its offering to smartphone users dubbed Windows Phone 7 is used by only 13% of the American smartphone users. That’s just about the same market share that RIM commands. The biggest smartphone seller is of course not a manufacturer of sorts but a platform. Google’s Android operating system powers around 51.8% of all smartphones in use; this makes it the most popular platform for device manufactures to build on and HTC, Samsung and others can’t seem to get enough of Android.
Smartphone use among Americans will no doubt increase in the next few years; who knows what the landscape will look like then but it will make for an interesting sight.