Vulnerabilities / Threats // Insider Threats
10/5/2010
07:37 PM
50%
50%

Android Takes Smartphone Lead From BlackBerry, iPhone

Google Android became the most popular smartphone OS in the U.S. in August, moving ahead of Apple's iOS and Research In Motion's BlackBerry OS, according to Nielsen.

Top 20 Android Productivity Apps
(click image for larger view)
Top 20 Android Productivity Apps
Google's Android has surpassed Apple's iOS and Research In Motion's BlackBerry OS to become the most popular smartphone operating system in the United States, a research firm says.

During the six months ending in August, the number of people who bought Android smartphones increased steadily, culminating in 32% buying the devices in August, Nielsen reported Tuesday. The BlackBerry and Apple iPhone in the last month of the period were at a statistical tie at 26% and 25%, respectively.

RIM's and Apple's OSes are proprietary software used only in the companies' respective devices. Android, on the other hand, is used by a variety of manufacturers, such as Motorola, Samsung, HTC and others.

In looking at the share of each OS in the total market, Nielsen found that the BlackBerry OS continued to lead with 31% at the end of August, followed by iOS at 28%. However, while the BlackBerry OS has declined in share from 36% in January and iOS has remained steady, Android has climbed from 8% to 19%, Nielsen found.

Nielsen is not alone in reporting Android's rapid gain in market share. Researcher Gartner this month reported that Android and Nokia Symbian would be the dominant operating systems in the global smartphone market by 2014, with Android being close to No. 1. In four years, Symbian and Android will have a 30.2% and 29.6% share, respectively, Gartner predicted. Apple's iOS will have a 14.9% share.

Gartner rival IDC also found that Symbian would lead the global smartphone market in 2014 with a 32.9% share, followed by Android, 24.6%. Microsoft's Windows Mobile, which is being renamed Windows Phone 7, is expected to regain some of the share it has lost over the last two years, while BlackBerry's share remains relatively constant and Apple's iOS declines gradually, IDC said.

SEE ALSO:

Android, Symbian To Dominate Smartphone Market By 2014

Smartphone Sales To Surge 55%

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon
Current Issue
Flash Poll
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2015-3308
Published: 2015-09-02
Double free vulnerability in lib/x509/x509_ext.c in GnuTLS before 3.3.14 allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service or possibly have unspecified other impact via a crafted CRL distribution point.

CVE-2015-4330
Published: 2015-09-02
A local file script in Cisco TelePresence Video Communication Server (VCS) Expressway X8.5.2 allows local users to gain privileges for OS command execution via invalid parameters, aka Bug ID CSCuv10556.

CVE-2015-6274
Published: 2015-09-02
The IPv4 implementation on Cisco ASR 1000 devices with software 15.5(3)S allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (ESP QFP CPU consumption) by triggering packet fragmentation and reassembly, aka Bug ID CSCuv71273.

CVE-2015-6277
Published: 2015-09-02
The ARP implementation in Cisco NX-OS on Nexus 1000V devices for VMware vSphere 5.2(1)SV3(1.4), Nexus 3000 devices 7.3(0)ZD(0.47), Nexus 4000 devices 4.1(2)E1, Nexus 9000 devices 7.3(0)ZD(0.61), and MDS 9000 devices 7.0(0)HSK(0.353) and SAN-OS NX-OS on MDS 9000 devices 7.0(0)HSK(0.353) allows remote...

CVE-2015-6587
Published: 2015-09-02
The vlserver in OpenAFS before 1.6.13 allows remote authenticated users to cause a denial of service (out-of-bounds read and crash) via a crafted regular expression in a VL_ListAttributesN2 RPC.

Dark Reading Radio
Archived Dark Reading Radio
Another Black Hat is in the books and Dark Reading was there. Join the editors as they share their top stories, biggest lessons, and best conversations from the premier security conference.