Android Becomes Most Popular Commercial Mobile OS in US

Aug 04, 2010

A new report from NPD sees Blackberry dethroned for the first time since 2007.

The NPD Group, which researches the commercial wireless market, announced the results of its Q2 wireless research and the clear winner was Google's Android operating system.

According to the research, one in every three commercial smartphones activated in the US last quarter was Android-powered. The top five Android phones purchased were the Motorola Droid, the HTC Droid Incredible, the HTC EVO 4G, the HTC Hero, and the HTC Droid Eris.

Research In Motion's operating system fell to second for the first time since Q4 2007. RIM accounted for 28 percent of commercial smartphones activated in Q2 2010. iOS accounted for 22 percent.

Verizon Wireless maintained its lead in the carrier market with 33 percent. Followed by AT&T with 25 percent. Sprint and T-Mobile accounted for 12 percent and 11 percent, respectively.

NPD's numbers are based on consumers age 18 and older. The research did not factor in enterprise/corporate purchases.

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  • Most popular?

    The question is, will it still be the <a href="">most popular linux distribution"</a> after a couple of years? i.e., will it have the same consistent staying power of say, Ubuntu?
  • Re: Wow

    That wasn't the focus of the article at all. Android surpassed iPhone some time ago, but RIM has had a controlling interest in the commercial and enterprise smartphone markets for three years now. RIM enjoys the same multicarrier support that Android does, but only RIM manufactures Blackberry phones. That Android has overtaken RIM, even on the commercial market, is newsworthy.
  • Wow

    So all of Androids phones and carriers finally overtook the single iphone on a single network. Well done!

    It'd be shocking if it didn't.
  • Android OS

    That didn't take long! Google's midas touch continues--personally glad to see this.
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