Smartphones Dominating in U.S., Android Losing Momentum to iPhone
Over the last three months 55% of all mobile phones purchased have been smartphones.
This is a first for mobile phones in the U.S., specifically smartphones, which have had a meteoric rise* in popularity since the debut of the iPhone 4 years ago.
According to Nielsen 38% of all mobile users in the U.S. have an always connected smartphone. Smartphones are becoming the status quo, and the 18.6 million iPhones Apples sold in the first 3 months of 2011 go along way in proving it. So do Andy Rubins claims earlier this week that 500,000 Android devices are being activated daily.
Despite the insane number of daily activations Android's growth has stagnated a bit. Android market share grew 20% from February 2010 to February 2011, but hasn't moved from it's 27% market share in the last four months.
The release of the Verizon iPhone in the U.S. could be to blame for Androids stagnation. Looking at the chart everyone is glad they aren't Symbian or RIM for that matter. They're hemorrhaging customers faster than Lindsy Lohan can make bad decisions.
*never really understood that phrase. I understand meteors are fast, but they are only meteors once they eneter the atmosphere, aka falling very fast and burning up. So wouldn't a meteoric rise be a paradox?