iPhone overtaken by Android in the US

Mobile phones using Google’s Android operating system have outsold Apple’s iPhone in the US for the first time, according to new research, as the battle between two of the biggest American technology firms to dominate the mobile web steps up a gear.The iPhone revolutionised the mobile phone industry when it appeared three years ago, but fearful of being squeezed out of the mobile internet market, Google quickly hit back with its own software platform called Android.To read this report in The Guardian in full, see:
www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/may/10/google-android-outsells-apple-iphoneAlso see:Report: Google Android surpasses iPhone in U.S.
Google’s Android operating system edged out Apple’s iPhone operating system for the No. 2 spot in the U.S. consumer smartphone market in the first quarter, research firm NPD Group reported Monday.According to NPD, devices running Android accounted for 28 percent of the units sold to U.S. consumers in the first quarter of 2010. BlackBerry devices made by Research In Motion, which use RIM’s homegrown operating system, took the top spot with 36 percent of the U.S. market. Apple’s iPhone, which had been in the No. 2 spot previously, fell to third place with 21 percent of the market.
news.cnet.com/8301-30686_3-20004585-266.htmlGoogle’s Android takes No 2 spot from iPhone in U.S.
Google Inc displaced iPhone maker Apple Inc to become the second most popular provider of smartphone software in the United States during the first quarter, the latest sign of the increasing competition in the fast-growing mobile market.But Google’s success in becoming a leading mobile software player was tempered by the news on Monday that Google lost a key partner in a related effort to redefine the cell phone industry by selling phones directly to consumers through its website.
in.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idINIndia-48374920100511Android overtakes Apple in US smartphone market
Google’s Android OS surpassed Apple in US smartphone market share during the first quarter of 2010. According to the NPD Group, Google now enjoys 28 percent of the smartphone market, earning the company the second-place spot behind Research in Motion (36 percent) and pushing Apple to third place (21 percent).NPD credits Android’s success to strong carrier promotions, such as Verizon’s buy-one-get-one-free offer on RIM and Android OS devices. Still, the only company to offer Apple’s iPhone (AT&T) remained on top of the smartphone market with 32 percent share. Verizon was close behind with 30 percent, while T-Mobile and Sprint both ended the quarter hovering near the 15 percent mark.
arstechnica.com/apple/news/2010/05/android-overtakes-apple-in-us-smartphone-market.arsAndroid Outsells Apple iPhone At Last, Says NPD
Whether you root for Google or Apple, it’s a heck of a horse race as Android beat the iPhone in first quarter U.S. sales, according to the NPD Group.Android sales accounted for 28 percent of smartphone sales last quarter, NPD reports. That puts Android ahead of the iPhone’s 21 percent, and within striking distance of Research in Motion’s BlackBerry, which took 36 percent.

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