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Nielsen: Young Folks Sure Love Them Some Android Phones

At this point, it’s no secret or surprise that Android is coming out on top of everyone’s smartphone OS studies, but in Neilsen’s latest, we get to see some interesting stats surrounding the age of those helping to make it the best.  Everyone look around the bus and toss a little nod towards that young chap sitting next to you, because according to percentages, he is more likely to have an Android phone than anything else.  The youth of the nation (apologies for the semi-P.O.D. reference) are usually some of the first to pick up new and interesting pieces of technology, so to see the numbers leaning Android’s way is a pretty good sign.  Now, the real story is whether or not those numbers continue to climb throughout the next year, but who’s thinking they won’t?

And in related news, the same study produced the chart below which presents smartphone manufacturer percentages in a very color manner.  HTC is somewhat-surprisingly topping the Android charts with Motorola hugging its heals.  Funny thing here, is that Samsung spent the last 6 months bragging about their sales numbers yet they are a ridiculously distant 3rd.  

Via:  Nielsen

  • Hrichman51

    im 59, currently have lg optimus s, wish i had the htc disire or optimys sx , stuck in contract, its been fun though.

  • Jeff

    That makes sense. I think younger people are more tech savvy and willing to put up with all of Android’s bugs to get more features and choices than are offered on other platforms that are less bug ridden….

  • Anonymous

    I’d be more interested to see which specific phones are attached to the android group group rather than which manufacturer they have.

  • GolfOx

    I’m 68 and love android. Would have loved having all thse tools when I worked. Now it ios the best toy out there

  • Jawshua

    Don’t apologize for a P.O.D reference, they are awesome! Being 31 almost 32 I guess I’m in that second brandy. That doesn’t surprise me though I figured those ages would be filled more with Droid users. I’m also excited too because I passed on my original Droid to my sister after her Blackberry broke. She is the first Android convert in my family and it makes me proud to convert her!

  • dannyjedi

    Meh… With so many different options for android devices, it is no surprise, plus the I*ones are still fetching a premium, and most parents don’t want to pay for the tiered data plans.

    BTW. POD SuXors.

  • Kdkinc

    I think Microsoft better start manufacturing toaster or Microwaves. Their phone business bites.

  • Anonymous

    I had a triple-X lunch meeting with two of my colleagues today. Each of us has a Droid X. Although, we’re all in the 35-44 age bracket we’re still “young folks” at heart. :-) Coincidentally, we’re also all concealed handgun licensees. We have lots of pockets. :P

    • Kdkinc

      I’m 62, Have few pockets which are empty, can’t see straight .But I really like my DroidX. Fully Rom’ed

    • Anonymous

      What do you carry?

      • Anonymous

        It varies depending on my attire. Most often it’s an LCP in a pocket holster. I prefer my XD40 SC, and on some occasions an SP 101 or XD45. I always carry my Droid X though.

        • Anonymous

          I was recently at a show and saw an LCP. It had a Crimson Trace on it. I was really impressed with it’s size and ergonomics. I really want an XDM9 with a 3.8 inch barrel but school is too damn expensive.

          Anyway I have my CCW but all I have right now is a full size Kimber and it is way to big for EDC. My Droid never leaves my pocket :-)

          • Anonymous

            Crimson Trace is a must-have with the LCP. The sights (if you can call them that) are virtually useless for tactical shooting. The XDM series is awesome. I have a .40 with a 4.5-inch barrel, but like your Kimber (terrific manufacturer), it’s not a comfortable daily driver. If you’re like me, you’ll never have as many guns as you want. I agree that school is expensive, but it will pay dividends in the long run. :-)

            Apologies to others for getting so far off-topic. I promise this is my last post on the subject.

        • Anonymous

          I was recently at a show and saw an LCP. It had a Crimson Trace on it. I was really impressed with it’s size and ergonomics. I really want an XDM9 with a 3.8 inch barrel but school is too damn expensive.

          Anyway I have my CCW but all I have right now is a full size Kimber and it is way to big for EDC. My Droid never leaves my pocket :-)

    • MarcSumter

      Conceal carry license, ha! you obviously don’t live in maryland :p

  • cmalk

    P.O.D Wow havnt heard that song in a while. Loading it on the DX now.

  • Frencha

    Why is HTC on the top of the HP/Palm manufacturer list?

  • Anonymous

    Could also be because their parents dont want to pay for a more expensive iPhone.

    • Jawshua

      Or could be they have superb taste.

    • http://mariasama16.livejournal.com/ J Harrell

      Maybe, but most people aged 18+ have their own jobs and are paying for their own goodies. Now, if they had included younger than 18, I’d be more willing to agree.

  • Muddy B00ts

    How about a poll of the readers’ age that come to this site?

    • Anonymous

      do it!

      • Anonymous

        Please don’t. I already feel old enough “hanging out” with you youngsters. :-)

  • Anonymous

    You’re welcome, Android Nation.

  • Pmagent2013

    I’m 15 and have a droid x, I don’t get a section on the graph. :-(

    • Anonymous

      Yeah that’s not fair. :(

      • Anonymous

        Agreed… I’m in the exact same boat as Pmagent2013. I’m 15, and I have a DROID X…

    • Anonymous

      That’s because the young among us aren’t eligible for Nielsen stuff.

  • Anonymous

    Well, I must be old, because those graphics are too small to see.

    • Anonymous

      no. my screen resolution is too high. :)

      • Anonymous

        Oh, I like that better. :)