It appears that our lovable Android friend has got a bit of momentum going on his side in the United States. According to the NPD Group, Android smartphone sales have pushed Apple’s iPhone out of the number 2 position in the U.S. for the first quarter of 2010. Research In Motion’s BlackBerry platform still holds onto the number 1 position, however.
The report also noted that while average cell phone prices rose 5 percent to $88 in the past quarter, smartphone prices actually dropped 3 percent to an average price of $151, which seems to show that the carriers are continuing a push of smartphones on the general consumer.
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There’s more to this than meets the eye. The 4th gen iPhone is out soon, so I’d guess people are holding off buying until their iPhone’s until end of June?
That said, it’s encouraging to see Android with such a healthy market share given it’s been out for less that 2 years…
I am not so sure that it’s because people are holding off in favor of the Apple 4g. I think it’s just a matter of the fact that the Android OS is being adopted across the board by hardware makers in order to compete with Apple who is stuck to one hardware device on one carrier.