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The original Motorola Droid is still burning up the sales charts
Android tops the sales charts; Motorola Droid is the best selling Android phone, RIM is the "Biggest Loser"

Earlier this week, market research firm Canalys reported that Google's Android OS is the top player in the U.S. smartphone market. Canalys' research indicated that Android OS commands 34 percent of the market, while RIM and Apple trail behind at 32 percent and 21.7 percent respectively.

Better known NPD Group released its own Q2 2010 numbers today and they closely mirror the Canalys numbers (with the exception of it showing a steeper decline for RIM). NPD indicates that Android OS, BlackBerry OS, and iOS have market share numbers of 33 percent, 28 percent, and 22 percent respectively.

Google of course was the big winner, but the report shows that RIM was the biggest loser -- the company lost 9 points of market share during the quarter.

"For the second consecutive quarter, Android handsets have shown strong but slowing sell-through market share gains among U.S. consumers," said Ross Rubin, executive director of industry analysis at NPD. "While the Google-developed OS took market share from RIM, Apple's iOS saw a small gain this quarter on the strength of the iPhone 4 launch."

Even though the Motorola Droid is practically an old man compared to the latest Android devices that have been released, it was the Android hardware sales leader for Q2. It was followed by the HTC Droid Incredible, HTC EVO 4G, HTC Hero, and HTC Droid Eris.

The onslaught of fresh Android is still ongoing as the Motorola Droid X was recently launched and the followup to the original Motorola Droid, the Droid 2, will launch in the coming weeks. And there's also the rumored dual-core HTC Glacier that will reportedly be landing on T-Mobile's wireless network.

In other smartphone news, NPD also reported that when it comes to units sold, Verizon is still the clear leader with 33 percent of the market. AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile trail behind at 25 percent, 12 percent, and 11 percent respectively.

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RE: Symbian anyone?
By themaster08 on 8/6/2010 3:28:59 AM , Rating: 2
1. Gmail – Believe it or not, while the overall experience might not be better, my Gmail consistently arrives in Nokia Messaging on my Nokia N97 a good 5-7 seconds faster than it does on the HTC Eris. - application and/or settings, not OS
Nokia Messaging is an embedded application in the OS. Therefore making your point moot.
2. Multitasking – both platforms multitask easily, and while Android does a better job of intelligently managing those applications for you, the actual experience is much better on Symbian. - Pure opinion, and he's 1/2 in the camp for android (BY the way Palms web OS blows them both away.)
Android uses freeze-state pseudo multi-tasking, that automatically closes applications when others take up more RAM. Symbian multi-tasks like a computer. No contest.

3. Twitter – I’m a power user of Twitter, and actively manage 3 different accounts. Thus, finding a suitable Twitter app on various platforms is quite a challenge. On Android, I was using Twidroid - Again, personal opinion, and app related, not OS
I agree that's a matter of opinion, but it shows that quality apps exist on the Symbian platform.

4. Last.FM – Android has a native Last.FM app, straight from the company, so you’d think it’d be way better than Mobbler, which is independently developed by a 3rd party Again, personal opinion, and app related, not OS
As point 3.

5. Waze – Waze is actually much better on Symbian, again for a few reasons. Again, personal opinion, and app related, not OS
As point 3.

6. Music – the sound quality on my Nokia N97 is much better than my HTC Eris - hardware, and app, not OS
App embedded into the OS - making your point moot.

I used to own a T-Mobile G1, and now I own a Palm Pre. I've used Symbian since 2002.

Whilst I agree that their UI's look much more advanced than Symbian's, their capabilities have not impressed me when compared to Symbian. They do nothing more/better than their Symbian counterparts.

As far as advanced features go, Android and webOS pale in comparison to Symbian. A quick example - WiFi settings - In Symbian the advanced settings stretch to even how much power the WiFi consumes, as well as scanning intervals and prioritising WiFi networks. That is out-the-box.

I'll agree that most of that link was based upon opinion. However I find that ironic due to the fact you slate Symbian due to its looks (a matter of opinion ). Some poeple actually like the look and customisation capabilities of the Symbian OS. Pretty transitioning effects are irrelevant to some of us.

In a phone OS, most people want to see ease of one handed use, an intuitive UI, and things that work and work with ease. Symban lacks
Hypocritical argument. Sice that's the argument of iPhone users, which they are quick to be slated for.

RE: Symbian anyone?
By retrospooty on 8/6/2010 9:59:05 AM , Rating: 2
Still all opinion, even if embedded in the OS. The VAST majority of independat reviewers put Symbian at the bottom of the pile. Surprisingly Palm's Web OS gets really great marks. I hope HP advances with it.

RE: Symbian anyone?
By retrospooty on 8/6/2010 10:00:00 AM , Rating: 2
Still all opinion, even if embedded in the OS. The VAST majority of independent reviewers put Symbian topward the bottom of the pile. Surprisingly Palm's Web OS gets really great marks. I hope HP advances with it.

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