January 3, 2011 | by Michael Heller
We all knew that the iPhone had a big lead and a rabid fanbase, but that audience has basically stayed the same in terms of smartphone market share. Neilsen has released the smartphone market share data for the past 6 months. iPhone has grown slightly from 27.9% to 28.6%, Blackberry has continued their downward spiral from 33.9% to 26.1%, and Android has made a huge leap from 15% of the US smartphone market to 25.8%. The numbers for recent acquirers of smartphones in the past 6 months really highlight the trend. Blackberry fell from #1 to #3, iPhone grew moderately from 20.9% to 26.9%, and Android exploded from 27.5% in June to 40.8% of recent acquirers in November.
I find it hard to believe that Android can sustain this growth, but if it can at least keep pace with users finally ditching their feature phones for smartphones, maybe soon enough we’ll be seeing these numbers in terms of all cell phone users and not just smartphone users.