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Apple has a wakeup call as Android-based smartphones grab market share in Q1

DailyTech has been reporting on Google's meteoric rise in smartphone market share for quite some time now, but we didn't expect to hear the numbers that are coming from the NPD Group today with regards to Android's place in the hot sector. NPD says that unit sales for Android-based devices bolted past Apple iPhone devices for the first quarter in the U.S.

According to NPD, Android-based devices accounted for 28 percent of the smartphone market while smartphones running Apple's iPhone OS garnered just 21 percent of the market. Both, however, were well behind RIM which still commands 36 percent of the market.

"As in the past, carrier distribution and promotion have played a crucial role in determining smartphone market share," said NPD's Ross Rubin. "In order to compete with the iPhone, Verizon Wireless has expanded its buy-one-get-one offer beyond RIM devices to now include all of their smartphones."

It should be noted that there are numerous Android-based smartphones on the U.S. market compared to relatively few iPhone models. When it comes to the Android sector, there are many choices including the Droid, Droid Eris, Nexus One, Backflip, and the Droid Incredible (which wouldn't be accounted for in NPD's numbers) among others.

The iPhone, however, is only currently available as the 8GB iPhone 3G (the last generation model) along with the 16GB and 32GB iPhone 3GS.

In addition to the wealth of differing smartphone designs on the Android side of things, users who pick Android-based phones have a number of wireless carriers to choose as well including Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T in the U.S. Apple's iPhone, however, is artificially limited to AT&T's network fresh from the factory -- you can, however, unlock the iPhone using a software hack and use it on T-Mobile's network albeit without 3G connectivity.

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They are upon us...
By MrBlastman on 5/10/2010 10:38:04 AM , Rating: 2
Even the Apples are turning into Androids nowadays. I guess the i-Roids must be fuming at the bits knowing they might be... unplugged. :)

RE: They are upon us...
By Brandon Hill on 5/10/2010 10:41:37 AM , Rating: 4
I'm sure reader1 will be upon us soon :)

RE: They are upon us...
By RjBass on 5/10/2010 10:45:20 AM , Rating: 2
I'm surprised he hasn't already.

RE: They are upon us...
By frobizzle on 5/12/2010 9:04:30 AM , Rating: 2
I am convinced that reader1 is actually a handle Jobs is using to post here.

Pirks, on the other hand, is just a troll living in his mother's basement and using his shiny new iPad.

RE: They are upon us...
By Shadowself on 5/10/2010 2:38:59 PM , Rating: 2
Apple really does not care about the individual hacked iPhones. Who, in their right mind (other than just to prove you can do it), will pay the price for an iPhone and then turn it into an Android phone? How many of those will there be? 10? 100? 1,000? Compared to the millions of iPhones Apple has gotten people to buy these numbers don't matter.

If people want an Android phone there are much, much better and simpler (and less expensive!) ways to do one than buying an iPhone and hacking it.

RE: They are upon us...
By RjBass on 5/10/2010 3:16:51 PM , Rating: 2
Errr I don't agree. I have two older iPhones sitting on a shelf collecting dust. It will be nice to turn them into Android based phones and get them up on Verizon's network. Then when that happens, I can give them to my kids so that they have flash compatible, multitasking smart phones without the Nazi like Apple OS and bad AT&T network.

RE: They are upon us...
By JasonMick on 5/10/2010 3:56:53 PM , Rating: 2
Errr I don't agree. I have two older iPhones sitting on a shelf collecting dust. It will be nice to turn them into Android based phones and get them up on Verizon's network.

I commend your spirit as I think the whole iPhone/Android port idea is awesome, but unfortunately I have to be the bearer of bad news in informing you that your old iPhones won't be compatible with Verizon (or Sprint) because they're GSM phones, and Verizon is a CDMA network (a different technology).

You could, however, use them as Android phones on T-Mobile in the U.S. or Rogers in Canada, so all is not lost. :)

RE: They are upon us...
By RjBass on 5/10/2010 10:19:31 PM , Rating: 2
T-Mobile it is then. However I doubt that phone reception will be much better then AT&T.

RE: They are upon us...
By corduroygt on 5/11/2010 6:06:02 PM , Rating: 2
You won't be able to use 3G on Tmobile on the iphone, since T-mobile, in their entire wisdom, use a 3G network that's different from everyone else in the world.

RE: They are upon us...
By RunninBad254 on 5/13/2010 1:51:56 PM , Rating: 2
Wrong, AT&T uses the 1900 frequency for 3g coverage, While T-Mobile and 99% of the world uses the more common frequency of 2100. AT&T is a huge failure of a carrier and should be recognized as such. Using a proprietary band for 3g to limit carrier to carrier customer crossovers should be CRIMINAL.

RE: They are upon us...
By corduroygt on 5/14/2010 1:11:08 AM , Rating: 1
You fail...

T-mobile does not use the same 2100 band Europe uses for 3G, they use the 1700Mhz AWS band that no one else except a small carrier in Canada uses. Embarassment like this is what you'll get when you post without knowing anything.

1900 Band is used throughout North and South America, AT&T does many things wrong but this is not one of them.

Here's your proof:

* Band I (W-CDMA 2100) in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia (all carriers' metropolitan networks), New Zealand (ITU Region 1) and Brazil (part of ITU Region 2)
* Band II (W-CDMA 1900) in North America and South America (ITU Region 2)
* Band IV (W-CDMA 1700 or Advanced Wireless Services) in the United States (T-Mobile USA) and Canada (WIND Mobile)

T-mobile fails for using the shitty AWS band that no one else uses.

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