Google’s Android is the most preferred smartphone operating system in the USA, according to Nielsen’s April survey of mobile consumers.
It said that 36 per cent of smartphone consumers in the USA now have an Android device, compared to 26 per cent for Apple iOS smartphones (iPhones) and 23 per cent for RIM Blackberry.
The survey has also added that Android users consume more data as compared to other device owners.
“In the first quarter of 2011, Android smartphone owners consumed an average of 582 MB of data each month, compared to 492 MB for iPhone owners,” Nielsen said.
Google announced Android as a mobile platform in November 2007. Since then it has never look back and in a very short span of time it has overtaken the giants like Apple’s iOS and RIM.
A host of reasons has been attributed to the rise of the Android such as its large number of applications, and open source nature.
Google is also quick in updating its Android operating system compared to others. So far, Google has released several versions of the OS including Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread and the latest Ice Cream Sandwich.