If a new survey released by Nielsen reflects the actual market environment, then we now know that 31% of potential smartphone buyers are eying an Android phone, while 30% want an iPhone. Six months ago, the iPhone was still ahead with 33% versus 26%. Other platforms follow at substantial distance and suffered loss of interest. Blackberry is down to 11%, Windows Phone down to 6% WebOS down to 1% and there is zero interest in Symbian.
Nielsen said that those numbers are translating into actual sales numbers. "Half of those surveyed in March 2011 who indicated they had purchased a smartphone in the past six months said they had chosen an Android device," Nielsen stated. "A quarter of recent acquirers said they bought an iPhone and 15% said they had picked a Blackberry phone."
Android now owns 50% of the smartphone market among recent smartphone buyers, according to Nielsen. Apple iOS is at 25%, followed by Blackberry with 15% and Windows Phone/Mobile with 7%. Android has about 37% of the overall Smartphone market, iOS about 27% and Blackberry about 22%. Microsoft is listed with 10%, which indicates that the company is still losing market share at a fast rate.