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Nielsen: Mobile Leaders Reach Stalemate

  • Fortune, Tuesday, May 31, 2011 11:54 AM
Another day, another snapshot of the mobile market. The latest report comes from Nielsen, which finds that Apple, Google and Research in Motion have reached something of a stalemate. According to Nielsen, smartphones running Google's Android operating system are the most popular of all, but their share was no bigger in April than it was the last time Nielsen surveyed the field.

"After having raced to the No. 1 spot in less than a year -- climbing from a 15% share in June 2010 to 37% in March 2011 -- Google held steady at 36% in the three month period from Feb. to April 2011," points out. "Apple also held steady."

Indeed, Apple's market share over the past three months remained at about 26% -- within a few points of where it's been in Nielsen's surveys for more than a year. RIM's BlackBerry, meanwhile, may have started to slow its long decline, settling in at 22% to 23%, according to Nielsen.

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