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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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Heres my take
By jojo29 on 5/10/2010 4:58:59 PM , Rating: 1
Well, im not a regular here on DT, but here goes my 2 cents:
I've had the opportunity to play and mess with both phones pretty extensively. I really dug the sleek nature and smooth experience of the iPhone. Its a really well designed and easy to use phone. In my area though, ATT is shit. Needless to say, i had to switch.

I joined Verizon RIGHT as the Moto Droid was launching. I got a Droid at launch. Its been one helluva FUN time so far. I LOVE the ability to change backgrounds ( which OS4 will have on iphone but I DIDN"T get ot enjoy that feature) i love the whole open customization of the Droid. The droids TS is pretty accurate, NO MORE or LESS accurate than the iPhone, IMO<---i've used both and so far NEVER have i said : "i wish the droid was as smooth as the iphone" NEVER. Now, the Droid does have some choppiness to it, which can affect the TS, but the TS itself is pretty spot on.

BUT, remember the only reason the Android phones have a bit of a choppiness to them is because you can multi-task with them.

Anywhoo, bottom-line is, BOTH phones are great to use, but i can understand the negativity from both camps, as that is directly related to how they sell their phones

On one hand you have Apple's iPhone, closed-platform, using proprietary software/hardware. I DO NOT miss having to sync to a computer in order to add music to my phone. I do miss the "easy to use" interface at times...In terms of market share and why Apple lost this quarter: Its apple's own damn fault for limiting themselves to just one carrier, you can't blame the reports or android and say "well they have more phones and carriers" Guess what? That is exactly how Google was going into the smartphone business, with many devices using its OS over many carriers. Guess what? Its working.

Apple went into the smartphone business with 2 model phones over one carrier. Guess what? That worked too!!!

BUT, i will say, this: Google is mopping the floor with Apple, as is apparent in these recent reports. DESPITE NOT having a unified OS, as apple would have you believe, DESPITE coming into the smartphone market that now has an established iPhone, DESPITE Jobs' idiot claims about open source, Google NOT only managed to knock down and gain market share from apple, it is quickly making a name for itself as a lot of my friends are now talking up Android phones...I love that Google gives me options.

BUT, not all is gloom and doom. Apple, really, they have their next phone refresh coming up...BAM! Thats instant market share gain...BUT, all really Apple has to do, is release the iPhone on ALL carriers, THEN we will see how ALL OTHER smartphones holdup. This is pretty scary though, if Apple is able to sell and GAIN and KEEP market share, DESPITE only being on ONE carrier...imagine how many sales if released on ALL carriers??

BUT, its not all peachy. Rumors have come out Apple is stuck with ATT till next year..guess what that means? yup another year of Android/iPhone duking it for market share, NOT including what the others bring out and we still have an unsung OS coming out: Mobile 7...

Next year will be a more interesting year as it will pretty much be the Royal Rumble of smartphones...

"We shipped it on Saturday. Then on Sunday, we rested." -- Steve Jobs on the iPad launch

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