03 March 2011

Who is Winning the U.S. Smartphone Battle?

Media analyst Nielsen Co. has published interesting infographics about the US market shares of competing mobile platforms.
This is an interesting juncture, with RIM, Apple and Google's Android equal at 26-27% each. Windows almost nowhere to be seen.
Apple and RIM are notable here visually because they make their own hardware. Is Android's spread over other handset makers a strengh?
Expect this picture to change in the next 12 months as all three major platforms have new tablet computers coming, but also face a rising challenge from Nokia smartphones running Windows. Nokia has largely been absent from this race due to poor smartphone software and difficulties working with US carriers, but that looks to change.

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