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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 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..

"Spreading the rumors, it's very easy because the people who write about Apple want that story, and you can claim its credible because you spoke to someone at Apple." -- Investment guru Jim Cramer

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