Google's Android operating system appeared on 33 percent of all of the U.S. smartphones purchased in the second quarter. NPD said sales of Android handsets beat Research In Motion's BlackBerry devices and Apple's iPhone.
Google's Android operating system appeared on 33 percent of all of the U.S.
smartphones purchased in the second quarter, surpassing Research In Motion's
BlackBerry devices and Apple's iPhone in units shipped.
NPD Group's latest research shows that RIM commanded 28 percent of the
smartphones sold, with iPhone selling 22 percent for the quarter.
Sales of Android units, such as the Motorola Droid, HTC
Droid Incredible and HTC Evo 4G, helped the
OS overtake U.S.
smartphone market leader BlackBerry OS, whose share dropped 9 points for the
RIM hopes to turn the tables on Android with smartphones such as the BlackBerry Torch 9800
, based on the new BlackBerry 6 OS, this
Apple's iPhone 4 is the more likely bet to best Android sales for the
current third quarter.
Though the new device suffered from poor public relations after the
attenuation issue that plagued users with dropped calls, Apple said it sold
1.7 million iPhone 4 units in the first weekend.
Now that the company is offering free bumper cases to mitigate the
attenuation, it's likely iPhone 4 sales will accelerate.
"While the Google-developed OS took market share from RIM, Apple's iOS
saw a small gain this quarter on the strength of the iPhone 4 launch,"
Ross Rubin, executive director of industry analysis for NPD, said
in a statement Aug. 4.
Rubin isn't the only one to chart Android's success against BlackBerry and
NPD published his research two days after Nielsen said
Android grew its subscriber base by 27 percent for the
second quarter, while Apple only grew 23 percent.
However, Nielsen also noted that at 13 percent of total U.S.
market share, Android still significantly lags BlackBerry (35 percent) and
iPhone (28 percent).
Rubin also tracked U.S.
consumer purchases of mobile phones in the second quarter and said the top 5
Android smartphones in sales were: Verizon's Motorola Droid, Verizon's HTC
Droid Incredible, Sprint's HTC EVO 4G,
Sprint's HTC Hero and Verizon's HTC
The Motorola Droid X
is also popular, selling out across the
country since July 15. However, it isn't clear if NPD considered its sales in
More broadly, he said Verizon Wireless sold 33 percent of the mobile phones
sold in the United States
in the second quarter, followed by AT&T with 25 percent, Sprint with 12
percent and T-Mobile with 11 percent.