Android, iOS head to duopoly: We need a No. 3 stat

Summary:Android and Apple's iOS dominates the smartphone ecosystem. Is that a good thing?

The smartphone market is headed to a duopoly of Google's Android and Apple's iOS and perhaps it's time to sweat whether a No. 3 platform has a chance in hell to compete.

Nielsen on Tuesday outlined a few statistics that aren't surprising, but could be construed as alarming nonetheless.

  • 71 percent of U.S. smartphone owners either own an Android device or iPhone.
  • 83 percent of apps downloaded in the last 30 days use the iPhone or an Android device.

The chart below outlines the situation:

Given the current state of affairs I have to side with the carriers who want another option. The issue is I'm not sure who else can step up. Windows Phone 7 could be an option, but Nokia is a no-show in the U.S. RIM has its own issues. Who can step up and derail the duopoly or bust situation?


Topics: Mobility, Apple, Google, Hardware, Mobile OS, Security, Smartphones


Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CN... Full Bio

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