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Android Sales Exceed iPhone But Not BlackBerry In Q1

It seemed like it would be only a matter of time before a dozen or so Android-based smartphones would outsell Apple’s one and only iPhone.

Indeed, it happened in the first three months of the year, says The NPD Group, which conducts wireless market research. Google’s open-source operating system, which includes phones like the Hero, Incredible, Nexus One and the Flip, accounted for 28 percent of all sales. RIM’s BlackBerry remained in first at 36 percent, and Apple’s OS fell to third at 21 percent.

Android’s move up the rankings is due in part to carrier promotions. According to NPD, smartphone sales at AT&T (NYSE: T) comprised nearly a third of the entire smartphone market (32 percent), followed by Verizon Wireless (30 percent), T-Mobile (17 percent) and Sprint (NYSE: S) (15 percent). In particular the results were driven by strong sales of the Motorola (NYSE: MOT) Droid, the HTC Droid Eris, and Blackberry Curve via promotions like Verizon’s buy-one-smartphone-get another free.

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2 Responses to “Android Sales Exceed iPhone But Not BlackBerry In Q1”

  1. derekgeistern

    IF you compare apples to apples (no pun intended), then Apple is correct.

    Android OS is a MOBILE PLATFORM use in consumer electronics (the bulk of which are cellphones; HTC, Google, Samsung, etc), that is changing as it moves towards tablets, and other portables. iPhone OS is a MOBILE PLATFORM, initially found on the iPhone but has already moved to other potables; iPod Touch and iPad. Its easy for Google to just focus on a segment and declare themselves ahead, BUT that is misleading.

    Currently the iPhone OS far out-numbers and out-paces the Android OS. Its funny how a short-sighted and misleading report like this is released and everyone just repeats it from tech blogs to CNN. Nobody questions it or does any research.

  2. I wouldn’t be surprised (nor would I care) if Apple stays #2 behind Android from now until the end of time. Lots of companies are making Android devices and (more importantly) they’re available on more carriers. Plus the sales are puching prices way way down, whereas Apple will probably never drop below $99 for last year’s model. I really doubt you’ll see ads saying “Buy an iPhone for $49, get another FREE!” Everyone knows Apple doesn’t want the bottom of the market.