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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 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.

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