Android Puts Beatdown on BlackBerry, iPhone

New research from the Nielsen Co. shows Android has overtaken BlackBerry and the iPhones iOS to become the most popular operating system in the U.S.

We reported less than a month ago that this was expected to happen by the end of the year, but it seems it hasnt even taken that long. The Nielsen research shows that among those who bought a smartphone in the six months ending at the July 31, Android was the most-purchased operating system. RIMs BlackBerry (26 percent) and Apples iOS (25 percent) were close behind, in a virtual tie for second. That time period includes one month of the iPhone 4 being available to customers.

Of course its important to remember that iOS is only available on one phone, while it seems theres a new Android device out there every day, so Apple might not be shaking in its boots just yet. It will be interesting to see how these numbers change if the iPhone becomes available on the Verizon Wireless network in January, as has been rumored. This research doesnt bode well for RIM, however, as its now been surpassed despite a large selection of smartphones and a recent update to its operating system.

If you factor in all smartphone owners not just those from the past six months BlackBerry (31 percent) still leads in market share, but Apple is now right on its heels (28 percent). Android has made a nice gain, up to 19 percent.

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