RIM And Apple iOS Tied For Second Among Recent Handset Purchases

We knew from the previous reports that Android was outselling Apple (NSDQ: AAPL), but the big surprise is that Apple and RIM (NSDQ: RIMM) are in a virtual tie for second place when it came to recent smartphone purchases.

The figures are interesting to examine in juxtaposition of this week’s CTIA event in San Francisco, where the industry will meet to discuss the topics of applications and the enterprise.

In the past six months ended in August, Nielsen reports what we’ve all be hearing — Android’s on a step trajectory and iPhone and BlackBerry are leveling out. Of the smartphones sold in the U.S., 32 percent were Android, 25 percent were iPhones and 26 percent were BlackBerry.

If people say this industry moves fast, it’s an understatement. Just two months earlier, BlackBerry was selling 35 percent of the smartphones in the U.S.; Android was selling 27 percent and Apple was in last place selling only 21 percent.

In terms of overall marketshare, Nielsen reports that in the past six months, Android’s still lagging with marketshare of 19 percent; BlackBerry still holds the dominant share with 31 percent of the market and Apple’s share totals 28 percent.