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Google Nexus One
Flurry estimates that Google has sold just 135k Nexus One smartphones

Google's Nexus One made big waves on the internet when its details were leaked late last year and again when it was officially announced ahead of CES 2010. The Nexus One was described as the next "iPhone Killer" by many and was billed by Google as the "next stage in evolution for the Android".

The smartphone -- which is powered by Android 2.1 -- hit all the right hardware notes thanks to a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 3.7" (480x800) AMOLED display, multi-touch, and a generous 1400 mAh battery. What could possibly go wrong with Google's full backing, a sleek exterior design, and geek-friendly hardware specs?

Well, everything has gone wrong according to Flurry Analytics. Flurry, if you recall, is the company that first spotted a few dozen iPad devices running iPhone OS 3.2 right before the official launch of the device. Flurry estimates that Google has managed to sell only 135,000 Nexus One smartphones in its first 74 days of availability – Flurry uses the 74 day benchmark because that's how many days it took for the original iPhone to reach the one million mark back in 2007.

If Flurry's numbers are accurate, the Nexus One appears to be actually losing momentum rather quickly considering that Google sold an estimated 80,000 units during the month of January and has only added another 55,000 sales in the past month and a half.

For comparison, another Android device which has made headlines in the past few months is doing quite well in the marketplace. Flurry estimates that Motorola sold 1.05 million Droid smartphones during the first 74 days of availability.

The reasons for the Nexus One's failure are plentiful. The device is barely known about outside of the tech circle, the phone has to be purchased directly from Google, and T-Mobile doesn't quite have the same clout as AT&T or Verizon. The Motorola Droid is backed by the United States' largest wireless carrier, Verizon. Apple's iPhone, on the other hand, is the crowning jewel of second place network AT&T.

“Despite the fact that the Google Nexus One is the most advanced Android handset to date, and enjoyed substantial buzz leading up to its release, the launch has been overshadowed by lower than expected sales,” stated Flurry on the company blog. “In our previous reports we offered several possible reasons including unconventional choices in marketing, pricing and distribution.”

The Nexus One is supposed to launch on Verizon's network later this spring, so hopefully Google will see an uptick in sales at that time.

Updated 3/16/2010

Google is now offering the unlocked Nexus One to wireless customers on the AT&T network.

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By MojoMan on 3/16/2010 11:25:51 AM , Rating: 2
By the way, I'm referring to the author of the post, not you Bateluer. You made a great point, and I wanted to expound on it. :-)

By Bateluer on 3/16/2010 11:31:33 AM , Rating: 2
Not a problem. I know of at least 3 people myself currently on Verizon, who are waiting for the CDMA N1. Once it launches on Verizon, there will be a large spike in sales. Whether it will beat the Moto Droid is up for discussion though.

I like my Droid and won't be buying an N1, but its a nice phone regardless.

By Spuke on 3/16/2010 11:39:53 AM , Rating: 2
You can add my wife and I to that waiting list. Our contract with AT&T is up and it's time to move away from The Beast.

By WheelsCSM on 3/16/2010 1:10:11 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed - same here. Been an AT&T customer for over 10 yrs and don't want an iPhone. As soon as the N1 drops on Verizon I'm jumping ship.

By seamonkey79 on 3/16/2010 2:04:21 PM , Rating: 2
I'm on Verizon using a Droid Eris and I'm waiting on the N1 for Verizon, no way I'm jumping ship to join T-Mobile just for a phone.

By quiksilvr on 3/16/2010 7:44:39 PM , Rating: 2
What's all this hating on T-Mo? Is their coverage bad? Not at all. Is their 3G coverage bad? Again, no. Granted you get more coverage with Verizon, but the prices on T-Mobile are much better and their 3G coverage is great (at least where I live).

Even if you go for a two year contract it's still the cheapest around.

By afkrotch on 3/16/2010 8:54:19 PM , Rating: 2
Coverage can be vastly different in different portions of the country. Course not of it matters to me. I use an AnyCall phone.

By Blessedman on 3/16/2010 11:32:30 PM , Rating: 2
you can't get any discount on the phone if you are on a family plan. The only discount to my knowledge was for new customers only, maybe my friend misheard the T-Mo representative.

By rudy on 3/16/2010 2:36:31 PM , Rating: 3
Also not selling it in stores is stupid as it gets. Anyone with any sales experience knows you have to close deals before a person walks out of the store. So knowing this T-Mobile sales people will just sell them a different phone if they come into the store.

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