Recently, market research firm NPD Group reported that Q1 sales from 2010 placed Blackberry squarely on top of handsets sold. It claimed a 36% market share, while Android came in second with a 28% share. Bringing up the rear was surprisingly the iPhone with a 21% market share. It is worth noting that these rankings are based on OS and not by individual handsets.
iPhone sales have remained strong, but apparently not strong enough to stay on top of the U.S. sales market. Now that Android has overtaken the iPhone, what is Cupertinoâ€™s response? Predictably, Apple spokesperson Natalie Harrison said that the survey was â€œâ€¦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.â€
What is really interesting with this quote from Harrison is the fact that she threw iPod Touch users into the smartphone tally. I suppose that’s not surprising, given that there is only a single current Apple handset on a lone carrier, while Android and Blackberries have multiple models, form factors and carriers. Now many industry watchers are keeping a close eye out to see how these figures might change after the next-generation iPhone launches.
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