Mobile data usage has been rising for quite some time now. But, with the release of the latest Nielsen report on cell phones, there’s some interesting data. The fastest rise is Windows Phone 7, which has shot up 89% since it’s launch. As of the November launch (4th Quarter 2010) data usage was at 149 MB, but now, as of the first quarter 2011 (March 2011), data usage has climbed from to 317 MB.
While it is the fastest riser of this time period, WP7 still lags far behind iPhone and the industry-leading Android. iPhone has risen steadily to 492 MB, while Android has risen to 582 MB. By contrast, RIM’s Blackberry OS has flat-lined and Windows Mobile, which is now on life support, has slowly trailed off. Web OS unfortunately did not garner a mention in the report.
This seems to indicate that the field is narrowing to a 3 platform race between iOS, Android, and WP7. While Blackberry remains popular with corporate customers they are falling behind overall, despite their recent efforts.
So what are all of you using, and why? What do you like and dislike about your mobile OS? Which mobile OS do you think will come out on top in the future? Give us your thoughts in the comments.