Over the last year, the consumer market share of various operating systems for smart phones has seen phenomenal ups and downs. Various market researchers like ComsScore and Gartner and Neilsen have released data related to the market share of operating systems for smart phones and tablets.
The market share of the Android operating system is 41%. The BlackBerry OS of Research In Motion (RIM) was used by 35% of the users. Its market share has decreased by 15% and stands at the third position. Apple, with iOS, is at the first position, and Android is at the second position. Android smart phone apps have been a favorite. For most of 2010, Google experienced a good growth from 19% to about 38% more between July and October. The OEM market share was shared by top five OEM companies with Samsung increasing its percentage by 4% and Motorola placed at number three losing out on 10% in the market share.
Mobile users used texting activities to the extent of 67.1% of subscribers. The race for the lead in the US smart phone OS market of consumers is tight according to Nielsen Research, which indicates that Android is the most popular with 41% of the market captured. Apple iOS keeps a slim lead on the overall share.
While RIM has been under pressure for having to filter pornographic content from BlackBerry devices in Indonesia, it has agreed to work with the carriers in Indonesia. The Indonesian government has also requested RIM to place a server in Indonesia to easily access and monitor data that is sent from BlackBerry devices in the country. BlackBerry is being banned in Indonesia for the access of pornographic material and disbursing it. However, the Indonesian Minister for Communications has said that the ban is due to the business practices of RIM. According to the minister, RIM is taking money from the Indonesians and is not paying taxes on it because the company is based in Canada and the BlackBerry sets are being imported by local vendors and so RIM incurs no sales tax. This is one of the reasons that RIM is losing its market share. RIM has, however, taken steps to filter porn in Indonesia. On the smart phone a filter has been set-up as also a server being set-up in Indonesia.