iPhone dominate Android in the USA

A new survey of U.S. smartphone owners conducted by Nielsen found that 28 percent use a device running the iPhone OS, compared with just 9 percent on Google’s Android mobile operating system.

The poll of 11,724 users Apple revealed that iPhone is now the No. 2 smartphone after gaining a 2 percent market share in the first quarter of 2010. The top smartphone, Research in Motion’s BlackBerry, lost 2 percent and now sits at 35 percent.

Windows Mobile, which had a 19 percent market share in the first quarter is down 2 percent from the previous quarter. Google’s Android came in fourth, with 9 percent. Palm took fifth with 4 percent, Linux sixth with 3 percent, and Nokia’s Symbian came in seventh in the U.S with 2 percent.

According to the study both Android and iPhone users are mostly male, but those on Android are typically younger, less wealthy and less educated. The average for all smartphones has 34 percent of users earning six-figure salaries with 28 percent of Android users and 40 percent of iPhone users earning more than $100,000 a year

Both iPhone and Android users are extremely loyal to their brands but yet again Apple came out on top with 70 percent of Android users said they will stick with Android for their next device while 80 percent of iPhone users want their next device to run the same operating system.

But Android users are also twice as likely to try the iPhone than iPhone users are likely to try Android. Among those surveyed, 14 percent of Android users said they would switch to an iPhone, while 7 percent of iPhone users said they would buy an Android device instead.

The Nielsen data shows Apple with an even greater lead over Android than the AdMob data released in late May. That study found that iPhone OS devices are twice as large as Android in the U.S., and 3.5 times greater globally.

The data collected by Nielsen also shows that use of the iPhone has persisted in the market, helping Apple to keep its commanding lead over Android, even as sales of Android devices have grown significantly

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