With Nokia and RIM struggling, the smartphone market appears to be a contest between Apple and Android products for supremacy.
RIM, which was Verizon’s flagship smartphone partner two years ago when it released the BlackBerry Storm, has seen its share at Verizon drop significantly during the past two years, down to approximately 20 percent of smartphones sales in November, according to the ITG figures. RIM’s drop has coincided with Android’s precipitous rise. According to separate reports from November from research firms Canalys and the NPD Group, Android captured around 44 percent of the U.S. smartphone market in the third quarter–besting both iPhone maker Apple and RIM.
Is Android poised to take the lead over iOS? Here are some reasons:
- Open Source – Android is open and shared.
- Multitasking – Although iOS supports multitasking, Android’s is more robust.
- Abode Flash support.- allows use of internet browsers on Android phones. Apple must provide customized apps per internet web page.
- Number of handsets: There are more than 50 types currently being sold versus two models for the iPhone.
- Carrier Support – Android is all major carriers, worldwide. Apple offers more limited choices.
Here are other reasons why Apple and RIM needs to be worried about Android. Devices running Android made up 80 percent of the smartphones Verizon Wireless sold in November, according to analysis by ITG Investment Research. The popularity of Android at Verizon appears to have cut into the sales of Research In Motion devices–a worrisome development for the BlackBerry maker, which has historically relied on Verizon for a large portion of its sales.
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