According to the research firm NPD, mighty iOS is now second in marketshare, and Android has taken the lead in US sales in Q4 2010. Android gained 9 percent from Q3 to Q4 2010, and now comprises 53 percent of the US consumer smartphone market.
Windows Phone 7 grabbed just 2 percent, though to be fair, the totally new platform only launched in Q4 and it's only available on 2 out of the big 4 US carriers. Windows Phone 7 is tied with webOS for marketshare, according to NPD.
US Smartphone OS marketshare sales in Q4 2010:
1. Android 53% 2. Apple iOS 19% 3. RIM 19% 4. Windows Mobile (the old OS) 4% Windows Phone 7 and Palm/HP webOS each have 2%
Top Five Handset Models Were All Smartphones in Q4 2010
Based on U.S. consumer purchases of mobile phones in Q4 2010, for the first time there were no feature-phone handsets in NPD's top five ranking. All top-selling mobile phone models were smartphones, as follows:
1. Apple iPhone 4 2. Motorola Droid X 3. HTC EVO 4G 4. Apple iPhone 3GS 5. Motorola Droid 2
The iPhone 4 is still the top selling handset, and it will be interesting to see if iOS takes the lead again once the phone is available on Verizon in the coming weeks.
-------------------- Lisa Gade Editor in Chief, MobileTechReview