iOS, Android Extend Smartphone Dominance
The smartphone race in the U.S. is increasingly becoming a two-horse race between Apple's iOS and Google's Android, with the two operating systems combining for 71 percent of the overall market in the third quarter. That's according to numbers released Tuesday by Nielsen.
According to the data, 42.8 percent of subscribers during the quarter used Android devices, while 28.3 percent used iPhones. Research in Motion's BlackBerry took the third spot with 17.8 percent, with Windows, webOS and Symbian OS placing in single digits.
From a manufacturer standpoint, Apple claimed 28.3 of the market, with the Android market split among HTC (15 percent), Motorola (10.4 percent) Samsung (10.1 percent) and other (7.2 percent.) HTC also claimed 4.7 percent of the Windows Phone slice.