New York – Some 23% of U.S.
mobile consumers owned a smartphone in the first quarter of 2010, up from 16%
in the second quarter of 2009, according to a report from Nielsen.

Research in
Motion’s (NASD: RIMM) BlackBerry leads with a 35% market share, followed by Apple’s (NASD: AAPL) iPhone
(28%); Microsoft (NASD: MSFT) Windows Mobile (19%); Google (NASD: GOOG) Android (9%); Palm (4%); Linux
(3%); and Symbian (2%).

Nielsen notes that iPhone and Android market share each
grew by 2% in the first quarter of 2010, while BlackBerry and Windows Mobile
each lost 2%.

Among users, Nielsen found that 80% of iPhone owners said they
want their next device to run the iPhone OS, compared with 70% of Android users
who want another Android phone.

This compares to just 47% of BlackBerry owners who
said they wanted another BlackBerry, and 34% of Windows Mobile users who
planned to stick with the platform.


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