Nielsen: Android is Most Common Smartphone OS, Apple is Largest Handset Maker

In a report published by research firm Nielsen, in which just over 20,000 people participated, it was found that Android is the most common operating system used by smartphone users across the United States. It is unsurprising that Android holds the top spot over others mobile operating systems, sitting at a 39% share, as the open-source platform is used by several handset manufacturers including HTC, which accounts for 14% of Android’s share, Motorola (11%), and Samsung (8%).

Apple, on the other hand, has held its ground as the largest handset manufacturer in the United States. Nielsen reports that iOS has a 28% smartphone operating system share, and that’s excluding both the iPad and iPod touch. Other noteworthy operating systems with a significant share include Research in Motion’s BlackBerry OS, with a 20% share, and Windows Mobile, with a 7% cut.


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