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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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Wait a sec!
By Mathue on 5/10/2010 12:24:21 PM , Rating: 0
I coulda sworn just last week that the iPhone was the dominant Smartphone producer and that their dominance meant they should be investigated :D

I swear, tech geeks are so funny.

RE: Wait a sec!
By lightfoot on 5/10/2010 1:59:13 PM , Rating: 4
And a lot of the iFans were saying then that "Apple is not a monopoly, the government shouldn't be involved. Let the market decide."

It appears that the market is deciding. And the market doesn't seem to like Apple's monopolistic and anti-competitive practices.

RE: Wait a sec!
By Shadowself on 5/10/2010 2:51:55 PM , Rating: 2
Clearly Apple has no control over the market as people are preferring other options and indeed buying other options. Also Apple does not have a commanding market share with two other vendors having a greater share while Apple only has a 21% share in total. By any stretch of the imagination Apple does not have a monopoly here and thus cannot persue monopolistic practices.

Also the competition seems to be quite obviously beating Apple. At least two vendors have a larger maket share. Thus saying Apple has "anti-competitive practices" is irrelevant in any legal sense since its actions are completely ineffectual. If a butcher says he won't sell any beef not raised on his own farm but the vast majority of the people buy from the two or three butchers down the street the butcher's position hurts no one but those dumb enough to buy from that butcher. It's their choice to be dumb and buy a limited product from an also ran supplier.

RE: Wait a sec!
By afkrotch on 5/11/2010 12:55:03 AM , Rating: 3
Apple has the monopoly on iPhones and what goes on them. Yes, you can go elsewhere to get a smartphone. But...their monopolistic practices of what can/cannot go on the iPhone is an unfair and uncompetitive practice.

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