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
Cartoon
Current Issue
Flash Poll
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2014-2027
Published: 2015-03-31
eGroupware before 1.8.006.20140217 allows remote attackers to conduct PHP object injection attacks, delete arbitrary files, and possibly execute arbitrary code via the (1) addr_fields or (2) trans parameter to addressbook/csv_import.php, (3) cal_fields or (4) trans parameter to calendar/csv_import.p...

CVE-2014-2830
Published: 2015-03-31
Stack-based buffer overflow in cifskey.c or cifscreds.c in cifs-utils before 6.4, as used in pam_cifscreds, allows remote attackers to have unspecified impact via unknown vectors.

CVE-2014-7876
Published: 2015-03-31
Unspecified vulnerability in HP Integrated Lights-Out (iLO) firmware 2 before 2.27 and 4 before 2.03 and iLO Chassis Management (CM) firmware before 1.30 allows remote attackers to gain privileges, execute arbitrary code, or cause a denial of service via unknown vectors.

CVE-2014-9462
Published: 2015-03-31
The _validaterepo function in sshpeer in Mercurial before 3.2.4 allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary commands via a crafted repository name in a clone command.

CVE-2014-9706
Published: 2015-03-31
The build_index_from_tree function in index.py in Dulwich before 0.9.9 allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via a commit with a directory path starting with .git/, which is not properly handled when checking out a working tree.

Dark Reading Radio
Archived Dark Reading Radio
Good hackers--aka security researchers--are worried about the possible legal and professional ramifications of President Obama's new proposed crackdown on cyber criminals.