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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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Make no mistake
By corduroygt on 5/10/2010 10:52:54 AM , Rating: -1
I've used Android smartphones and they're nowhere as intuitive to use as the iphone, which still offers the best user experience of any phone.
Only reason Android is outselling it is because it's available in all the networks vs. crappy AT&T for the iphone. If the iphone comes out for Verizon, Android's dead meat.

RE: Make no mistake
By MrBlastman on 5/10/2010 10:58:41 AM , Rating: 2
still offers the best user experience of any phone.

Being forced to use Apple approved applications in an Apple-run store is the best user experience ever?


I'll take open platforms over Apple, any day.

RE: Make no mistake
By xler8r on 5/10/2010 11:12:04 AM , Rating: 2
I'll second you. In addition, I feel the silent majority of people doesn't really give much thought about Apple at all, only prosumers and trend/fasion minded individuals.

RE: Make no mistake
By sebmel on 5/10/10, Rating: 0
RE: Make no mistake
By 229mike on 5/10/2010 12:54:10 PM , Rating: 1
Open sourced doesn't mean a better experience where u are merely opened to a bunch of beta running crap opposed to more of a quality standard. Not that I don't appreciate more options w/ a phone but apple's phone does everything that android does now only smoother w/ better graphics w/ a promising update in June! Boooyah!

RE: Make no mistake
By Abrahmm on 5/10/2010 2:23:40 PM , Rating: 2
"apple's phone does everything that android does now only smoother w/ better graphics w/ a promising update in June! Boooyah!"

Really? If the iPhone does everything Android does, then why are most of the iPhone OS 4.0 "new" features stuff Android already does, and will continue to do better?

Facts and iBots don't mix.

RE: Make no mistake
By Alexstarfire on 5/10/2010 2:23:00 PM , Rating: 2
And yet my 3 year old phone is still doing things that even iPhone OS 4.0 can't do. Since Android phones can do everything my phone can do I'm going to say that you are wrong on your statement.

RE: Make no mistake
By corduroygt on 5/10/2010 1:29:44 PM , Rating: 2
Even without any applications, it's better to use, but I guess I forgot you can't praise any Apple product on DT.

It's easier to make a call, send an e-mail, take a video and upload to youtube, take picture and attach it to an e-mail on the iphone. First thing you do when you look at an android phone is to figure out how to unlock the screen, something as simple as a swipe on the iphone. You have multiple buttons and need to find out what each one exactly does, etc.

Most people don't bother to read the use manual for something as trivial as a phone. I bought many phones for my parents in the past, the iphone is the only one they bothered to check their emails or surf the web on it, although the others were capable of all these tasks as well.

RE: Make no mistake
By Alexstarfire on 5/10/2010 2:31:26 PM , Rating: 2
You sir are rather dumb if you can't figure out most features on a phone without a manual. I've used my friends' MyTouch a few times and unlocking it is easy. True, no swiping, but that doesn't make it hard. Sending, or uploading, a picture/video only takes like 2-3 clicks after it is taken.

Ohh well, I guess some people aren't meant to use their brains. And how is making a call any easier? It's easy as hell on EVERY phone. Actually, I'd argue that smartphones can make dialing a number a bit more difficult, but not a lot.

RE: Make no mistake
By corduroygt on 5/10/2010 2:45:57 PM , Rating: 2
Given enough time, anyone can figure out all the features of a phone. In the iphone, this time is minimized because tasks are accomplished in the most intuitive way possible.
No swiping doesn't make it hard, it just makes it less intuitive and less pleasant to use.

RE: Make no mistake
By Abrahmm on 5/10/2010 3:42:08 PM , Rating: 2
Any substance to back up those claims or just going to rely on them being subjective in order to justify them? I could just as easily say that Android does thing the most intuitive way possible and is therefore easier to use than the iPhone.

RE: Make no mistake
By corduroygt on 5/10/2010 10:08:22 PM , Rating: 2
Only numbers. They were the only smartphone I have ever witnessed to be usable by older and less tech savvy people just as well as young people.

I have also tried out an Android phone at the verizon store, and I was seriously underwhelmed, for starters, which of the 5 buttons to push to unlock the screen. There is only one button to turn the screen on and what you need to do is displayed brightly on the screen.

Also the majority of people aren't geeks who need to do every little task they can do with their computer on their phones. Web, e-mail, music and occasional gaming is all I need mine for.

RE: Make no mistake
By afkrotch on 5/11/2010 1:31:40 AM , Rating: 2
Only numbers. They were the only smartphone I have ever witnessed to be usable by older and less tech savvy people just as well as young people.

Only numbers? WTF is that suppose to mean? Only your numbers matter?

RE: Make no mistake
By Abrahmm on 5/11/2010 9:57:15 AM , Rating: 2
I guess you haven't gotten the hint yet. I was subtly pointing out that your argument has absolutely no legs to stand on and you should probably quit before you make yourself out to be a fool. Too late.

RE: Make no mistake
By corduroygt on 5/11/2010 4:38:25 PM , Rating: 2
21% of US marketshare with an old product on a single crappy carrier sold with no incentives isn't proof enough?

How about the most software revenue of any smartphone ever?

They could easily beat android if they did a BOGO like the others, their share would go from 21% to over 30%.

It's obvious Apple is doing something others aren't, and that's having a better user experience for the majority of owners out there.

RE: Make no mistake
By Alexstarfire on 5/10/2010 3:58:17 PM , Rating: 2
IMO swiping is far less intuitive than hitting a button. Of course, anyone who can read should be able to figure it out in 1-2 seconds regardless of how the phone is set up to unlock. In my short time using both Android (G1, MyTouch, and Nexus One) and iPhone(2G, 3G, and 3GS) I can say that Android has been more intuitive. That's not to say either was very difficult, but it seemed to me that the way Android set things up was a bit easier than the latter. Could change after iPhone 4.0 comes out, if it's not already, but I doubt it. If anything I think it'll make things less intuitive. I saw a couple screens of it and it seems to have added a lot of little features that are mostly useless and only serve to get in the way while trying to configure the phone.

RE: Make no mistake
By jojo29 on 5/10/2010 5:31:42 PM , Rating: 2
sorry dude but your wrong on this. NOW, everyone knows how to use an iPhone, i remember when they first rolled out, and my friend got one, he would give it to pay to check it and most people asked how to unlock it...sorry, but the same can be said about the Adroid, actually now its even easier, since Apple did bring out the most intuitive TS FIRST, now all people have to say is, "just swipe it like the iphone" and voila lol

BUT, you CAN say this: Apple's iPhone/UI Interface is a lot more user friendly, and thus, easier to use quickly. <--This is what Apple is great at doing.

BUT, i can also say, once you figure out all the features your iPhone can do, and whatnot, theres not much else an iPhone can do...also, you NEED a computer in order to put music on the iPhone, you need a computer in order rename/add/delete playlists ( Unless there is an app that does that im not sure )

On my droid though, i never would need to have a computer, i think i've hooked it up to a computer once...and that was because i only had the usb part of my charger in order to charge it. Droid literally lets you do everything, i can DL music DIRECTLY to my phone, change the filename, add it to a custom playlist..etc...and thats just the begining..

RE: Make no mistake
By bplewis24 on 5/10/2010 11:17:51 AM , Rating: 3
Then you are kidding yourself. The iPhone OS isn't a better user experience than WebOS, let alone Android 2.xx.


RE: Make no mistake
By Abrahmm on 5/10/2010 11:21:45 AM , Rating: 3
It's always funny to watch how when an Apple product falls short in every tangible metric when compared to the competition, the Apple defender will always fall back onto the intangible "user experience" to claim how the iPhone is still better, even when it has worse technical specs, lacks many features, and is still completely controlled and locked down by Apple.

I've used the iPhone and it is nowhere near as intuitive to use as Android, which still offers the best user experience of any phone.

See how easy that is? You can't tell me what I said is wrong because its completely subjective, even though I believe what I just claimed.

RE: Make no mistake
By xti on 5/10/2010 11:31:21 AM , Rating: 2
specs this and specs that...but...what % of people care about that compared to what matters? andriod phone brings "pizzaz" that an iPhone does in a social setting. But, few on DT will ever admit that, times are changing.

RE: Make no mistake
By keith524 on 5/10/2010 11:41:39 AM , Rating: 5
I guess if you need your phone to provide you with enough ego boost to survive a social setting then maybe the iPhone is right for you.

RE: Make no mistake
By AlphaVirus on 5/10/2010 11:48:17 AM , Rating: 2
The sad truth is so many people still look at the iphone as a trending item. When it first released it was a nice looking cell phone compared to all other plastic, rehashed devices. As it is today, it's almost laughable that people still care about having an iphone.

RE: Make no mistake
By MrBlastman on 5/10/2010 11:44:40 AM , Rating: 3

Whenever I hear that term I think of fluffy bling with no substance that is full of fakery. I could give a rats ass what other people think about myself in a social setting. I'm myself, if people like me, great, if they don't, too bad.

Resorting to hollow, vain expenses such as a fancy looking phone, shiny watch or sparkly car are about as empty a lifelong pursuit that you can make in life. These stupid i-phones are just that--a fancy way to dress up a piece of crap.

Perhaps, if you think about it for a moment, not everyone on this earth is wrapped up about themselves or their own vanity. I'd rather people value myself for my own abilities and practical input rather than my hot air that I produce.

This is one of many reasons why I refuse to buy Apple products.

RE: Make no mistake
By icanhascpu on 5/10/2010 5:17:10 PM , Rating: 1
I think you're right. People that do it for those reasons have issues.

However blaming the device for whatever reasoning people have, and putting -this- much thought into it also have issues.

Choose the one you enjoy using, and have fun with it. Period.

RE: Make no mistake
By sebmel on 5/10/10, Rating: 0
RE: Make no mistake
By Abrahmm on 5/10/2010 12:44:49 PM , Rating: 2
You missed the point where I repeated word for word what the original poster said, just with Android and iPhone switched.

RE: Make no mistake
By keith524 on 5/10/2010 11:36:17 AM , Rating: 2
I would accept that the iPhone has, arguably, the easiest end user experience for a smartphone. However, easiest does not equal best. For my personal use Android offers a best experience because I can do more of the things want. At the end of the day maybe an dumbed down smartphone is best for you, it's not for me. Android offers a much needed choice in the market. The additional functionality of Android does come at the cost of having to learn how to use it.

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