Nielsen: iOS Narrows Gap Between Android
On Wednesday, venerable research firm Nielsen published new data showing that the popularity of Apple’s iPhone 4S continues to help narrow the once extremely wide gap between iOS and Android market shares.
Recent smartphone buyers (defined by Nielsen as people who bought a new device within the past three months) are all about the iPhone 4S. 44.5 percent of these new smartphone buyers surveyed in December said they chose an iPhone. Only 25.1 percent picked the iPhone in October.
What's more, 57 percent of new iPhone owners surveyed said they got an iPhone 4S last month. As a result, among recent smartphone acquirers, the race for leading smartphone operating system share is a virtual dead heat with Apple claiming 44.5% to Android's 46.9%.
Unfortunately for BlackBerry fans, Research in Motion continues to sputter along like a clunker on a racetrack with sports cars buzzing by a mile a minute. As Nielsen indicated today, RIM’s BlackBerry devices were a distant - and they mean distant
- third place, accounting for only 4.5 percent of the market.
Although Android retains the lead among all smartphone users, the dominance Android once enjoyed is quickly dissipating as iOS-device ownership surges into 2012.