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MacRumors
Nov 1, 2010, 08:54 AM
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A new report (http://www.canalys.com/pr/2010/r2010111.html) from research firm Canalys shows Apple taking the lead among U.S. smartphone vendors in the third quarter of 2010, with its 5.5 million units representing 26.2% of the market and enabling it to surpass Research in Motion and its 5.1 million units.


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Apple was unable, however, to top the consortium of vendors known as the Open Handset Alliance (OHA) that has embraced Google's Android operating system. In aggregate, the OHA rang up sales of 9.1 million units, or a 43.6% share, during the quarter.

On a global scale, Nokia topped the list of smartphone vendors with 33% of the market, while Apple grabbed 17% and Research in Motion 15%.

Article Link: Apple Tops U.S. Smartphone Vendors, Trails Android Consortium (http://www.macrumors.com/iphone/2010/11/01/apple-tops-u-s-smartphone-vendors-trails-android-consortium/)



BC2009
Nov 1, 2010, 10:10 AM
More evidence that Apple should be selling iPhone's with carriers other than AT&T. I would like to see the OHA breakdown by carrier - I'm betting AT&T is at the bottom of that list with Verizon clearly in the lead and Sprint & T-Mobile way ahead of AT&T.

Apple is doing great with the carriers on which they are available. They just need to be more available. World-wide, dropping exclusivity has only helped iPhone. Google needs to work hard to win the loyalty from the customers they have grabbed out of the gate.

2011 will be very interesting to watch if the Verizon iPhone really does materialize. Even more interesting if a Sprint and T-Mobile iPhone also appear.

skeep5
Nov 1, 2010, 11:33 AM
Verizon + Android is the reazon for these numberz but nice to see apple in the scrap, and I would love to see what happenz when it hitz Verizon. :apple:

Blueflame1138
Nov 1, 2010, 12:08 PM
I always think that people miss the point that there is only one company that make the iPhone and a whole bunch that are clumped together in the Android camp.

So sales and usage figures will eventually favour Android. Steve said that Apple is content to cede market share in favour of superior quality.

And I for one agree with him.

jav6454
Nov 1, 2010, 02:47 PM
Obviously, with the whole buy 1 get 6 free deals (seriously, buy 1 and get 1 free from all carriers), Android is bound to sell and out pace iPhone OS growth.

Popeye206
Nov 1, 2010, 03:35 PM
The more the merrier. :) Good healthy competition is good for everyone.

Yes... smart phones are a little unique as that once you get on one, it's harder to switch to another, but people will and let's face it... everyone seems to change out their phones every 2 years or so. I know I have ever since having one so I could get on something newer or different. It's like candy and where Almond Joy looks good one day, Reeses looks better the next.

Chip NoVaMac
Nov 2, 2010, 12:02 AM
Obviously, with the whole buy 1 get 6 free deals (seriously, buy 1 and get 1 free from all carriers), Android is bound to sell and out pace iPhone OS growth.

Was thinking along the same lines.... Apple has just two models right now... both only an ATT here in the states. Add to that there are those Droid buyers that hate ANY thing Apple. They want ROM upgrades and open access. They feed the myth that the Droid is the only way to go.

Tarzanman
Nov 2, 2010, 07:18 AM
Was thinking along the same lines.... Apple has just two models right now... both only an ATT here in the states. Add to that there are those Droid buyers that hate ANY thing Apple. They want ROM upgrades and open access. They feed the myth that the Droid is the only way to go.

I don't hate anything apple. I do think that Uncle Steve is a lying dirtbag (which he is, in all honesty), and it is iPhone USERS that used to annoy me.

Thankfully, iPhone users have stopped yammering about their devices since Android came on the scene and started doing everything the iPhone does and even more.

Anyways, Apple makes nice looking stuff. All of it is overpriced, but it does look nice (even if it doesn't work any better than competitors' stuff).

robm001
Nov 2, 2010, 08:16 AM
Anyways, Apple makes nice looking stuff. All of it is overpriced, but it does look nice (even if it doesn't work any better than competitors' stuff).[/QUOTE]

In most instances of my experience, Apple's stuff does indeed work better than any of their competitors. ;)

orbital
Nov 2, 2010, 09:47 AM
Apple produces better products when its not on top... I look forward to great things with iPhone5

kdarling
Nov 2, 2010, 10:39 AM
Obviously, with the whole buy 1 get 6 free deals (seriously, buy 1 and get 1 free from all carriers), Android is bound to sell and out pace iPhone OS growth.

Yep, just as the iPhone took off in a couple of countries after being offered for free or nearly so. Japan is a great example of this.

The big difference, of course, is that BOGO requires two people to sign long contracts.

Still, you're right. Android often has better price deals than the iPhone.

Plus more device choice.

Add in its notification system and customization, a really nice selection of apps, and the fact that it'll soon be the dominant system in the world, and it's without a doubt another good choice for users.

macUser2007
Nov 8, 2010, 06:35 PM
I can summarize the reason for my switch to Android in one word:

FLASH!

Steve Jobs tried to effect a coup in the mobile industry, by leveraging the success of the iOS platform and grab a share of the advertising revenue, which has made Google so wealthy.

So he banned Flash from iOS, and came up with some idiot talking points to cover the real reasons. Well, Android grew worldwide by 1,309%, and it will will grow this much again next year. While iOS is pretty stagnant recently.

Steve's coup has failed, and the lack of Flash will only hurt the iPhone, and especially the iPad. Advertisers will flock to the platform with the most users, which is Flash, and the iOS ecosystem will be relegated to the margins of the mobile world.