Although 500,00 new Android devices are being activated per day, research company Nielsen reports that Android phone sales in the U.S. have flattened over the past three months. The research firm said that from March to May 2011, 55 percent of new phones purchased were smartphones, pushing past feature cellphones for the first time.
From March to May 2010, 34 percent of people who bought a new phone chose a smartphone over feature phones, which only have features limited to calling, texting and photo capturing, Neilsen noted.
The Android operating system still maintains the lead with 38 percent, said the research firm. Numbers show that the Android platform still makes up most of new smartphone purchases, but it seems that interest in the mobile platform has stopped its growth for now.
“However, while Android also leads among those who recently purchased a new smartphone, it is the Apple iPhone that has shown the most growth in recent months,” said Nielsen.
Breaking down the smartphone field, Android still tops the chart with 38 percent. Apple comes in second, having a market share of 27 percent, RIM has dwindled down to 21 percent. Other smartphone players are at the bottom, with Windows Mobile at 9 percent, HP Web OS at 2 percent, and Windows Phone 7 and Palm OS both at 1 percent.
Reports say that the huge iPhone sales growth can be attributed to the iPhone’s Verizon release in January.
Is the continued growth of smartphone sales lead to the downfall of feature phones?