Android leads U.S. smartphone market

by Jeff Hargarten

A third quarter Neilson survey of smartphone users reveals 43 percent use Android-based devices, with Apple’s iPhone finishing second with 28 percent, followed by RIM’s Blackberry with 18 percent.

Android increased its market share by 4 percent since July, while iPhone usage has remained steady, according to the survey.

Chart courtesy of neilsonwire

Blackberry usage appears to have dropped the most, according to the survey, as its market share dropped from 30 percent in 2010. Users of Windows Mobile phones have declined by more than half from last year.

About 62 percent of smartphone users are in the 25-34 age bracket, the study shows, while those 55 and older tend to adapt slowly to the new technology.