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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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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.

"I modded down, down, down, and the flames went higher." -- Sven Olsen

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