“Android has finally done it! For the first time ever, the volume of Android devices sold beat the volume of Apple iPhones sold for a given quarter,” Tony Bradley reports for PCWorld. “However, the statistics are misleading and point to a somewhat hollow victory.”
MacDailyNews Take: As we’ve already explained here: NPD survey: Excluding business sales, RIM has 36%, Android 28%, iPhone 21% in U.S. smartphone share – May 10, 2010
Bradley continues, “As my PCWorld peers have pointed out, drastically reduced pricing, and aggressive buy-one-get-one-free offers from wireless providers create a false sense of success. Imagine how the stats might compare if AT&T started offering the iPhone 3GS for $50 with a buy-one-get-one-free incentive… There are a couple other reasons that the sales figures from the past quarter are not really indicative of Android overtaking the iPhone. One of them is the iPad, and the other is the iPhone 4G (or whatever they end up dubbing the next-generation iPhone).”
“Many who might otherwise have purchased an iPhone this past quarter may have invested their discretionary income in the iPad instead,” Bradley reports. “It is also probable that many who might be considering an iPhone, or upgrading an existing iPhone to a newer model are simply holding out for the iPhone 4G.”
NPD’s “numbers from this quarter don’t really mean what they appear to mean,” Bradley reports.
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: If you needed any more reasons, Bradley also missed the facts that 1) NPD’s numbers were the result of a survey, not actual sales; 2) that NPD’s survey-based projections do not include corporate/enterprise mobile phone sales; and 3) NPD’s data is U.S.-only.
In short, Android’s market share has not surpassed iPhone’s. Please see also:
• Survey: Verizon customers suffer from iPhone jealousy – May 10, 2010
• IDC: Apple posts strong growth in global smartphone market share as Nokia stays flat, RIM declines – May 07, 2010
• comScore: Apple iPhone grabs 25.3% share of U.S. smartphone market – February 09, 2010
• Deutsche Bank: Apple iPhone making significant inroads into the enterprise – November 02, 2009
• Optus: Apple iPhone gaining strong traction in the enterprise – July 31, 2009
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Jack” for the heads up.]