Two Years After Release, iPhone 3GS Remains 2nd 'Most Popular' Smartphone in the US
Americans have an ongoing love affair that just won't quit with their iPhone 3GS. Two years after its release, the iPhone 3GS remains the second most popular smartphone in the United States according to data derived from a new report published Monday by NPD Group.
Google, however, was right along for the journey, joining Apple as a leading maker of a hugely popular mobile operating system (Android). Apple and Google were the big winners during the second quarter of 2011, in terms of market share gains, while Research In Motion slipped further.
But don't feel bad for Apple because the iPhone 3GS is only the second most popular smartphone in the US. Guess what holds the top spot? Last year's iPhone 4, which continues to enjoy great demand even so close to the iPhone 5 release expected during the next 4-6 weeks.
Still, it's important to avoid becoming too optimistic about Apple's ascension up the smartphone food chain here in the US. "Android's momentum has made for a large pie that is attractive to Motorola's Android rivals, even if they must compete with their own operating system developer," Ross Rubin of NPD said in today's report, obviously referencing Google's plan to acquire Motorola. Simply put, Google has designs on becoming the world's top - and most consistently dominant - force in the smartphone world.
Source: NPD Group