For realz, yo!
Now that might be attributable to the iPhone prototype leak last month but it still says something because the iPhone has outsold all competitors by a margin of almost 3 to 1. People might have backed off, waiting instead to see what the new generation will look like, do, cost and when it will be released before springing. But, the Android phones have had to have made a pretty big dent in sales in the last couple of months to be able to surpass that sales mark set by the iPhone. So there's some substance there even with Apple's recent unplanned publicity (or was it?).Google Android outsells Apple iPhone, ranked No. 2 in U.S. smartphone sales by NPD
May 10, 2010 | Devindra Hardawar
Smartphones based on Google’s Android mobile operating system have outsold Apple’s iPhone in the U.S. during the first quarter of 2010, according to a report by research firm The NPD Group. The data places Android, with 28 percent of the smartphone market, in second place behind RIM’s Blackberry smartphone market share of 36 percent. Apple now sits in third place with 21 percent.
NPD points to a Verizon buy-one-get-one-free promotion for all of its smartphones as a major factor in the first quarter numbers. Verizon saw strong sales for the Motorola Droid and Droid Eris Android phones, as well as the Blackberry Curve, thanks to its promotional offer. Verizon launched a $100 million marketing campaign for the Droid when it hit the market in November 2009, which likely attributed to strong sales in the first quarter as well.
NPD’s data comes from self-reported online consumer surveys — not actual sales numbers — which means there’s the potential for some difference. The firm has proven itself trustworthy with past reports generated from consumer surveys.
When we last looked at smartphone market share for the end of 2009, Android was gaining steadily. Given Verizon’s major push with the Droid, not to mention the buzz that the Nexus One generated (even if it didn’t sell like hotcakes), it makes sense that Android would begin to approach the iPhone’s numbers.
Apple also hasn’t announced a new iPhone product since the launch of the 3GS in mid-2009, and many buyers are probably holding out for the next-generation iPhone — which will debut in the next few months. The quick glimpse we got at the next-gen iPhone hardware via the Gizmodo fiasco certainly didn’t help sales either.
Now, the GF got a Motorola Droid and I gotta admit, it's spiffy. I think I like Windows Mobile better just because of it's ease of integration with my home computing environment. However, comparing the flashy, whizz-bang stuff that keeps the masses occupied and mesmerized with blinky and shiny, I think I like the Android better than the iPhone's OS. It's faster, more responsive and less constrictive in what you can do. No DRM laden media files either. The only thing I think I would prefer is the ability to attach to network shares like Windows Mobile has the ability to let me do. It makes transferring media files so stupidly easy it's not even funny.
One thing is for sure, even just 3 years ago, the BlackBerry was top of the heap for technology and capability in your pocket. Look how far things have come since. BlackBerry needs to get on the game and improve the RIM OS as well as it's interoperability capabilities or they are going to be left far behind.
Oh and since HP now owns Palm, look for some crazy stuff coming from them. HP already has a line of capable and potent hand-held and "palm-top" computers. Integrate that functionality in to a smart phone sized platform and they will have a world beater on their hands. If they execute it right that is.