Android Dethrones the iPhone
Oh, and BlackBerry 's line of BlackBerry phones still reigned supreme with 36 market share, but that's less exciting. (See Worldwide Cellphone Shipments Up 21%.)
NPD gets its numbers from online consumer surveys, not actual sales, and doesn’t include corporate handsets. comScore Inc. put Google at only 10 percent of the market as of February, suggesting either that someone is off or the carrier's Android marketing push of late is paying off.
Android handsets are now offered by all four US carriers, and cover a variety of handset makers. The most notable new launches, the High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) (Taiwan: 2498) Droid Eris and Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) Droid, have received heavy promotion from Verizon Wireless , which extended its buy-one-get-one free from only BlackBerries to all smartphones.
Another possible explanation is it's getting close to that time of year when Apple unveils the latest and greatest version of the iPhone. This year, the expected launch has gotten more hype than usual, thanks in large part to a prototype, a bar, and one forgetful Apple employee. (See iPhone Finder Unmasked and Police Raid Gizmodo Editor's Home.)
We'll have to wait until next quarter to see if Android can keep the momentum up and Apple can deliver on the next-gen iPhone, or if NPD's consumer surveys were just slightly off this quarter.
— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile