THE LATEST FIGURES from consumer peepers Nielsen have shown that the Android operating system is the most popular of the mobile pack.
The Nielsen figures are particularly interesting as they include data taken during the six month period in which the Iphone 4 was released and include one full month of its sales. Nielsen added that this was the first time it had broken out such numbers.
The study was carried out over six months and shows that the Blackberry OS is the most common software found in user pockets, but it also found that the Android operating system was most popular among people buying new handsets.Trends change though, and even here the different OSs are locked in a push me pull you battle. So for example, over the whole period Blackberry enjoyed 31 per cent of the market, the Iphone 28 per cent, and Android 19 per cent.
Overall, this means that Blackberry lost five points off its share between January 2010 and August, Apple wibbled between 27 and 28 per cent, and Android grew from 8 from 19 per cent.
For new purchases though, the shares differ. Nielsen said that here Android nibbled away at the competition and increased its share even more dramatically, rising from 14 to 32 per cent. Apple meanwhile, let some 7 per cent of users slip through its fingers and fell from 32 to 25 per cent, despite its release of the Iphone 4 in June, while Blackberry took an 8 per cent dunk and dropped from 34 to 26 per cent. µ