Winners, losers in smartphone revolution (3)

10:55, March 07, 2011      

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Samsung's Nexus S mobile phone, the first smartphone to use the Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" operating system, is displayed at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona February 15, 2011. (Xinhua/Reuters File Photo)

On March 2, 2011, at the iPad 2 event in San Francisco, Apple announced that the company has sold 100 million iPhones worldwide.

There is no statistic to show how many Android phones have been sold. However, Google Vice President Andy Rubin announced in June last year that 160,000 Android devices were being sold per day, which is a sharp increase from the previous month when Google announced that 100,000 Android devices were being sold each day.

The Computerworld reported on Friday that Android smartphones beat out iPhone and BlackBerry devices for the first time in the U.S. in the latest Nielsen survey conducted just prior to Verizon Wireless sales of the iPhone.

According to the survey, Android devices made by several manufacturers were used by 29 percent of the U.S. market in the November-through-January reporting period. In comparison, Apple iPhones and BlackBerry devices from Research In Motion each had a 27-percent share.

According to the survey, the three top smartphone operating systems were in a statistical dead heat.

Meanwhile, the Windows Mobile and Windows Phone 7 smartphones had a 10-percent share of the U.S. market from November through January, while WebOS from Hewlett-Packard had 4 percent and Symbian from Nokia had 2 percent.

In the smartphone battle, the United States seemed to be lagging behind many countries at the beginning, but things began to change when Apple released its first iPhone in 2007. Now the world smartphone market consists of varieties of smartphones, but the designs and operation systems were all or almost all invented in the U.S. and Canada.

Source: Xinhua

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