According to the latest data from Nielsen, the iPhone has passed Blackberry as Number 1 in market share in the US smartphone market. Pretty incredible considering the iPhone didn’t exist four years ago. At times like this, it’s always worth paying brief tribute to the clever predictions of Microsoft’s CEO, Steve Ballmer. He said this […]
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Nielsen Says iPhone Now Tops in US Smartphone Market Share

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According to the latest data from Nielsen, the iPhone has passed Blackberry as Number 1 in market share in the US smartphone market. Pretty incredible considering the iPhone didn’t exist four years ago. At times like this, it’s always worth paying brief tribute to the clever predictions of Microsoft’s CEO, Steve Ballmer. He said this back in 2007, just before the first iPhone’s release:

    There ‘s no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance.

Good call that was. That sort of astute thinking has got Windows Mobile or Windows Phone or whatever it’s now called to where it is today – i.e nowhere.

Nielsen’s latest data also shows once again that iPhone and Android are clearly the two platforms with the most momentum in the smartphone arena. 

When mobile users who planned to upgrade to a smartphone in the next year were asked about their next phone, Apple’s iOS and Android were tied for “most desired” operating system.

  • Among users planning to get a new smartphone, current smartphone owners showed a preference for the Apple iPhone (35 percent), while 28 percent of both smartphone and featurephone planned smartphone upgraders indicated they wanted a device with an Android operating system as their next mobile phone.
  • Apple’s iPhone and devices with the Android operating system were the “most desired” among likely smartphone upgraders …

As 9to5Mac points out in their coverage of these figures, it’s fun to imagine how these numbers would change if iPhone wasn’t tied to just one US carrier.

Source: Nielsen via 9to5Mac

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