Nokia, BlackBerry Almost Irrelevant as Android, iPhone Claim 90% Market Share

We’ve heard a lot about Nokia’s possible comeback in the smartphone wars lately, and the potential RIM has with BlackBerry 10 due out this fall. But for now, it’s a two-horse race, and the gap is widening.

Android’s market share in Q1 was a spectacular 61 percent, up from 49 percent during the holiday quarter; Apple’s iOS slipped back down to 29 percent after consumers went crazy for the iPhone 4S after its release in Q4. Those stats come courtesy NPD Group, cited by CNET.

Together the Android and Apple iOS platforms make up nine of every 10 smartphones sold in the U.S.

One surprising stat from NPD’s research: Smartphones made up two-thirds of all phones sold in Q1; that number did not increase from Q4 2011. But all 10 of last quarter’s top-selling phones were smartphones. Apple, Samsung, Motorola and HTC cracked that list.

Nokia has seen some success with its new Lumia 900, an LTE device unveiled in the U.S. by AT&T last month, so we will see if the Finland-based handset giant can make inroads in Q2. RIM’s BlackBerry is likely to continue sliding until the company’s next fleet of devices arrives in the fall, but even then, many industry experts don’t believe the Canadian company will be able to make much of a dent into the Apple and Android juggernauts.

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