In a report published in October 2010, the Nielsen Company concluded that for all new smartphones bought in the US from Jan-Aug 2010, more opted for Android operated phones than any other operating system. Overall BlackBerry still have the majority of the market, however, this recent research indicates that the tide is definitely turning against RIM and Apple, with the purchases of new phones. Android enjoyed a 32% market share, with Apple and RIM sliding to 25% and 26% respectively.
In the UK though, it is a slightly different story, and although Symbian is definitely losing its grip on market share it is still a popular choice for UK users. Overall the Symbian operating system can be a frustrating one to use on smartphones, which is why the release of Symbianˆ3 was so hotly anticipated. However, very few improvements have been made apart from improvements to speed, and the web browser is still prone to being clunky. Perhaps this is why Sony Ericsson have dumped Symbian in favor of making future phones with the Android OS.
Symbianˆ3 has added one great feature though, in that you can have 3 different homescreens saved on your Nokia N8 - one for fun, one for work, and another for whatever you choose. They have also made social networking easier, integrating the likes of Facebook and Twitter, with the added ability to instantly upload pictures.
Android is a hard OS for any competitor to beat though, as it offers such great freedom of choice. Multitouch and multitasking are a breeze, making a nonsense of the difficult switching between tasks on the Symbianˆ3.
Please continue to page 2, for more comparisons in the Nokia N8 vs HTC EVO 4G war, including the eventual winner.