Android phones overtake iPhones: NPD

May 10, 2010
A manager holds an Apple iPhone (L) and Motorola's Droid smartphone (R) at the Verizon store in Orem, Utah in 2009. US sales of smartphones running Google's Android mobile operating system surged past those of Apple for the first time in the first quarter of the year, industry research firm NPD said Monday.

US sales of smartphones running Google's Android mobile operating system surged past those of Apple for the first time in the first quarter of the year, industry research firm NPD said Monday.

Android-powered smartphones accounted for 28 percent of US consumer sales in the first three months of the year compared with 21 percent for the iPhone, NPD said.

Canada's , maker of the popular , retained the top spot with 36 percent of US smartphone sales in the quarter, NPD said.

Strong sales of Motorola's Android-powered Droid and HTC's Android-based Droid Eris were cited as among the reasons for Android's surge past Apple.

Google makes its open-source software available to handset manufacturers and also sells its own smartphone, the Nexus One.

"As in the past, carrier distribution and promotion have played a crucial role in determining smartphone ," said Ross Rubin, NPD's executive director of industry analysis.

According to NPD, smartphone sales at AT&T, the exclusive US carrier for the iPhone, comprised 32 percent of the smartphone market in the quarter, followed by Verizon Wireless (30 percent), T-Mobile (17 percent) and Sprint (15 percent).

NPD also said the average selling price for all mobile phones was 88 dollars in the first quarter, five percent higher than a year ago. Smartphone prices on the other hand decreased three percent over the previous year to 151 dollars.

The NPD findings are based on the results of online consumer research surveys conducted each month. The sales figures do not include corporate or enterprise mobile phone sales.

Apple has sold more than 50 million iPhones since introducing the device in 2007.

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pubwvj
1.5 / 5 (8) May 10, 2010
Meaningless. People looking to buy an iPhone are waiting a little because the next generation is about to come out. iPhones are a complete, smoothly working solution. Android is just an operating system. It's like Windows, poorly kludged onto many hardwares. This article just uses point in time snap shot statistics to tell lies. Have fun.
enantiomer2000
5 / 5 (4) May 10, 2010
@pubwvj: spoken like a true apple fanboy. How does this article lie? Android phones are currently selling faster than iPhones. Perhaps it is because of your mysterious next gen phone or perhaps it isn't. Time will tell. My personal opinion is that even when the new iPhone comes out, Android devices will still outsell iphones =D
powerup1
not rated yet May 10, 2010
@pudwvi, why do i sense that you have a lot of money invested in apple stock?
powerup1
4 / 5 (8) May 10, 2010
everything about apple in my opinion is about limiting the choices that the consumer can make...you have to send your phone in just to change the battery, how crazy is that?

apple makes great products, but they have an almost psychotic need to control the world. :-D
RM07
5 / 5 (2) May 11, 2010
powerup1 nailed it. Apple makes great products...impeccably designed to imprison their user base in Steve Jobs' proprietary vision of the universe.

Good luck with that. I'm just glad there are enough Cupertino Kool-Aid drinkers to keep Google in check, so the rest of us can enjoy Android, and Maps and Gmail in peace.
Temple
not rated yet May 11, 2010
It's worth noting that, the NPD figures are based on an online survey taken by voluntary participants.

They then extrapolated those results and made statements regarding total US sales.

I'm not saying it's incorrect, but it's worth noting that there isn't necessarily a close correlation between actual sales and those reported on an online survey.