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Apple isn't buying NPD's sales analysis

Yesterday, DailyTech reported on the news that the plethora of Android-based smartphones on the market have finally jumped ahead of Apple's iPhone in the United States. The numbers pegged Android's market share at 28 percent while smartphones running iPhone OS were a bit further back at 21 percent.

We never expected Apple to respond to NPD's numbers -- the company is usually "above" such responses and marches to its own drumbeat. However, the news picked up steam all across the internet yesterday and Apple felt the need to respond.

Apple spokeswoman Natalie Harrison gave a statement to John Paczkowski which he posted on his Digital Daily blog:

This is a very limited report on 150,000 US consumers responding to an online survey and does not account for the more than 85 million iPhone and iPod touch customers worldwide. IDC figures show that iPhone has 16.1 percent of the smartphone market and growing, far outselling Android on a worldwide basis. We had a record quarter with iPhone sales growing by 131 percent and with our new iPhone OS 4.0 software coming this summer, we see no signs of the competition catching up anytime soon.

Paczkowski makes a point of noting that while NPD's numbers don't give a snapshot of the global smartphone market and only surveyed 150,000 customers, Apple isn't exactly being straightforward either. The Apple spokeswoman points out that over 85 million iPhone and iPod touches have been sold, despite the fact that the iPod touch is in no way a smartphone -- in actuality, only 55 million iPhones have been sold to date.

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Man up, Jobs
By themaster08 on 5/11/2010 5:34:56 PM , Rating: 2
Consumers have spoken. The Android revolution is upon us. Stop crying.

RE: Man up, Jobs
By corduroygt on 5/11/2010 6:23:55 PM , Rating: 3
I'd say they've chosen Verizon and Tmobile over AT&T.

RE: Man up, Jobs
By T2k on 5/11/2010 6:38:00 PM , Rating: 2
No wonder: TMO is the fastest 3.5G while VZW is the best overall coverage.

AT&T? The mos tdropped calls and shittiest 3G speeds among GSM networks on the world.

RE: Man up, Jobs
By corduroygt on 5/11/2010 7:01:49 PM , Rating: 2
I have AT&T and actually 3G speeds are pretty good.
However, dropped calls suck, I would switch if I could.

RE: Man up, Jobs
By T2k on 5/12/2010 1:37:21 PM , Rating: 2
I've yet to see T-Mobile's 8-10 megabit even just neared by AT&T...

RE: Man up, Jobs
By Alexstarfire on 5/12/2010 1:15:29 AM , Rating: 1
And yet it's the exact opposite where I live. I'm really only on AT&T cause I can be under my parents plan. Far cheaper that way.

RE: Man up, Jobs
By sebmel on 5/11/2010 8:36:25 PM , Rating: 2
Have you read AnandTech's review of the HTC Incredible? It didn't suggest to me that the fight's all over. The iPhone still holds it's own in many respects with new Android phones which have superior hardware and the market knows that the fourth version of the iPhone is out in the wild...

you just have to dress in non-descript fashion while drinking German beer in fashionable Californian bars to come across one.

"We’re Apple. We don’t wear suits. We don’t even own suits." -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs

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