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

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?