A report from analytics group Flurry Inc. predicts that Google sold roughly 80,000 units of its Nexus One smartphone in the phone’s first month. That doesn’t compare all that well with the DROID’s roughly 525,000 units in its first month, or the original Apple iPhone’s estimated 600,000 back in 2007.
Of course there are a lot of factors involved in these relatively low numbers. For starters, you can’t buy a Nexus One in a T-Mobile store. If you’re not sure if it will suit you, you’ll just have to pull the trigger and order it online, hoping that you’ll like it when it arrives (or not buy it at all).
On top of that, the DROID and iPhone both had massive marketing campaigns associated with them, while the Nexus One has had little more than random, and fairly dull looking, web based advertising through Google’s own ad network and, occasionally, sites.
You’ll find a bit more information available at the Wall Street Journal site (subscription required).