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Report: Android Phones Climb to 28PCT In 1st Quarter

4:01 pm on May 10, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Report: Android Phones Climb to 28PCT [pcmag.com]
A new report published Monday by the NPD Group finds that sales of Android phones unexpectedly topped Apple for the first quarter.

Based on more than 150,000 self-reported surveys by U.S. consumers NPD found that sales of phones using the BlackBerry OS were first, at 36 percent. But Android phones climbed to 28 percent, above Apple at 21 percent.

The numbers are somewhat unexpected, given that other research firms, such as comScore, have placed Android phones, which has placed the Android OS at 10 percent for February.
6:33 pm on May 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Oh, but we shouldn't be misled, says PCWorld.

[pcworld.com ]

There is a valid point to consider whether the trend is sustainable, but I think only next quarters numbers will answer that.

... 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.

AT&T and Apple would be free to do so if they wanted. Perhaps they will if they have unsold inventory ahead of the 4G launch.

Perhaps certain discounts may not be sustainable. But they are part of the game. As are the moves by At&T to make sure their Android phones are inferior to the IPhone.