Mobile ecosystem plateaus

Mobile ecosystem plateausI do enjoy a good pie chart, and one can always count on the good folks at Nielsen to deliver. They’ve been looking at mobile operating systems in the US, and the pies make for interesting viewing.

The charts in question cover the period February to April 2011, and March 2011, and show that mobile OS shares in the US of A have remained fairly constant of late.

Android remains the most popular, but has seemingly stalled at around 36% after a mammoth growth spurt over the past year.

iOS, meanwhile, is still in second place, with a 26% share. Not too far behind are Canadians RIM, on 23%.

Bringing up the rear, Microsoft scrapes together a share of around 10% with Windows Mobile and Windows Phone 7 combined. Incidentally, WP7, which some analysts reckon will be number one before long, currently has a share of just 1%.

Nielsen also looked at data use, and found that Android users are the greediest, with an average of 582MB consumed per month. Apple is second, again, on 492MB, and HP WebOS comes in at third with 448MB.

RIM users consume the least data, with an estimated average of just 127MB.

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JanSt / MOD  May. 31, 2011 at 18:15

Well, no surprise then.
I expect Android to plateau even more (I know...you can't plateau more than plateau or Plato...).
iPhone 4 interest is obviously on 'halt' what with many folks awaiting the next iPhone before they go Apple once again or as newbs.
The US tech blogger scene is obviously nuts about Android - it gives them loads to jabber about without actually having to know much :p 5 new handsets per day, a gazillion crappy apps, and fw updates that are so frequent that you never actually have to 'learn' anything about 1 in particular. Android is the perfect super-size-me Wallmart/ToysRus OS :p
But while those bloggers think they can forever hype an easy source of income, actual consumers will slowly catch up with reality - pathetic battery life, fragmentation, poor quantity over quality apps etc etc....
Am I in trouble now?

JanSt / MOD  May. 31, 2011 at 18:50

The above was satirical in nature. I swear.

blizzard7  Jun. 1, 2011 at 07:40

Thing with iOS is that not a lot of people are buying into it new now. People who already have an iPhone are likely to upgrade to another iPhone but that makes no change to the market share.

CTPAHHIK  Jun. 1, 2011 at 07:46

Spoken like a true Nokia user, Jan? (_;)

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 1, 2011 at 08:33

Yeah.
Though Nokia do everything in their power to p*ss me off LOL
I think I'll go and buy a dumbphone...

@blizzard,
get your point, but those iPhone users do not dump their iPhone 4s, do they?

Oh, and CTPAHHIK,
I didn't think I'd ever say this, but Android makes me actually wanna buy an iPhone. It's not even Android itself - it's an okay OS with good hardware...but it's not the 2nd coming. And the Android sect is actually more grinding than the iDisciples.
But that may change once iOS5 reawakens the macbreeders.
Either way - though I was being satirical above, I find the 'debate' or 'geek culture' surrounding smartphones has definitely dumbed down. And granted, the original iPhone started the decline, but Android takes it to new levels.
And when US bloggers go to Google I/O and then spend hours salivating in public about their free Galaxy Tabs, I feel embarrassed... What if Google had given each of them a thousand bucks???
I'll have a coffee now. My Nokia can grind beans, too.

CTPAHHIK  Jun. 1, 2011 at 10:37

I'm actually thinking about getting Sensation, Galaxy S2 or waiting for new iPhone.

bob55  Jun. 1, 2011 at 12:38

Must be a reason for android's popularity, after all the numbers don't lie...
could be worse look at the other options if android didn't exist we would have to suffer using webOS, win mob or even worse iOS with the dreaded itunes.

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 1, 2011 at 14:11

I give you points for iTunes, alright. That's the reason an iPhone's not really on my list. WinMo was alright on the right hardware. WebOS is good, just no way to attract devs. Some serious gaps in the Catalog (no doc editor, no opera browsers etc).

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