Nielsen: Android OS market share fell in April

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Google's (NASDAQ: GOOG) Android mobile operating system took 36 percent of the U.S. smartphone market share through April, while Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) iOS took 26 percent, according to new data from Nielsen.

Meanwhile, Research In Motion's (NASDAQ: RIMM) BlackBerry OS ranked third with 23 percent, up 1 percentage point, according to Nielsen, and Windows Phone 7 took 9 percent. Nielsen said 37 percent of mobile consumers now use smartphones.

Interestingly, Nielsen's data suggests that smartphone platform growth may be waning for Android and Apple. In March, Android had taken 37 percent of the OS market just two months after it had a share of 29 percent. So Android's share increased 8 points between January and March but then fell 1 point to 36 percent. Apple's iOS's share was also down 1 point, from 27 percent in March.

The question is, will this be a growth opportunity for Windows Phone?

For more:
- see this eWeek article 
- see this Nielsen blog post

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