Apple Disputes NPD Smartphone Data on Google Android
Apple questions U.S. smartphone market data showing that the iPhone OS has fallen to third place behind Google Android and RIM BlackBerry on the grounds that the survey's sample size was limited. Numbers from other sources over the past two quarters have shown the iPhone staying ahead of Android. Whatever the case, the iPhone could see renewed momentum in summer 2010 when iPhone OS 4 launches, very possibly along with a next-generation version of the mobile device.Apple is reacting to new data placing its iPhone third in the U.S. smartphone market, behind Google Android and BlackBerry phones. Previous numbers put the iPhone in second place, contributing to the perception that the iPhone had become the all-conquering Genghis Khan of the smartphone market. In a research note released May 10, NPD Group said Android had supplanted iPhone as the No. 2 smartphone operating system in the United States. Specifically, analysts' calculations pegged Android at 28 percent of the overall market, followed by iPhone with 21 percent; meanwhile, BlackBerry maker Research In Motion held the top spot with 36 percent.
That data runs somewhat counter to other analyst companies' recent findings. ComScore, for example, found that Android occupied 9 percent of the U.S. smartphone market between December and February, while iPhone held a comfortable lead with 25 percent. IDC said iPhone sales for the first quarter of 2010 totaled 8.8 million units, outpacing the 5-million-combined unit sales of HTC and Motorola, the most prolific Android smartphone manufacturers; however, the mathematical possibility exists that sales from other manufacturers, including Samsung, were enough to push Android past iPhone.