A new report from Nielsen says that Apple is the number one smartphone vendor in the US, while Android remains the most popular mobile operating system. This research follows Apple’s last earnings call, in which it was announced that 20 million iPhones were sold in the last business quarter.

Following Apple’s dominance in the US is, surprisingly, Motorola. Samsung actually placed third, with both Motorola and Samsung owning a huge percentage of the Android market. Essentially, Apple moves more hardware while Android gets installed on more handsets.

“However, because Apple is the only company manufacturing smartphones with the iOS operating system, it is clearly the top smartphone manufacturer in the United States. Other leading manufacturers include HTC, whose Android phones represents 14 percent of the smartphone market and whose Windows Mobile/WP7 devices account for 6 percent of the market; and Motorola, whose Android devices are owned by 11 percent of smartphone consumers. Samsung’s Android devices are used by 8 percent of smartphone owners while their Windows Mobile/WP7 phones are used by 2 percent of smartphone owners.”

In terms of OS usage, Apple still places pretty well:

“According to June data from Nielsen, Google’s Android operating system (OS) now claims the largest share of the U.S. consumer smartphone market with 39 percent. Apple’s iOS is in second place with 28 percent, while RIM Blackberry is down to 20 percent.”

This report also follows the news that Apple has overtaken Nokia as the world’s largest smartphone vendor. Let’s also keep in mind that, in the US, Apple’s 28% of the smartphone market excludes the iPod touch and iPad. So, Apple’s general mobile numbers are much bigger.

Android devices have also been reported to suffer a 30-40% return rate, while the iPhone’s return rate stays in the single digits.

Think about how a cheaper iPhone model would saturate the market— we’re sure that Apple certainly is with numbers like these.

In light of all the rumors about Apple’s upcoming iPhone announcement, more iPhones are expected to ship in 2011 than every other year combined.

[The Loop]

  • Tbv

    I love using Apple products, the iPhone 4, in my opinion, is one of the best smart phone out there. I see why Apple is on top. I would love to see Apple offer a more reasonable contract free unlocked iPhone. I prefer to buy my iPhone without a contract.
    I would also like to see more capable Android phones(Samsung Galaxy S2) being offered in this country. Competition is a good thing for the consumer.

  • qK0ng

    Apple is taking over the world. It had to start somewhere, if you going to buy an iDevice, jailbreak it. It like saying fuck you Apple.

  • Ranjit Rana

    I phone4 is no.1smart phone,gives outstanding performance all in all…i like it.

  • Goofygreek

    The problem with android is the fact it’s to open source. Manufacturers modify android to there own specs and not every app will work on every phone. But, apple’s iOS is only on one piece of hardware with only one version of the os, so every current phone gets every app. Developers will make a lot more money on iOS then they ever will on andriod.

  • Mattia

    I am one of the iPhone fans. I just got it and is the best smartphone I have had in my whole life. iPhone is the best Androids Are ok