Android is the top-selling smartphone OS in the country

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from Omaha, NE
Published: August 4, 2010

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There has been a lot of talk about Android's growth and marketshare lately, and a recent release from the NPD group shows the popularity of the OS in America.  The NPD Group, which measures sales data from retailers and purchase data from consumers, has reported that Android was the most popular smartphone OS in the U.S. in Q2 2010.  A total of 33 percent of all smartphones sold in Q2 2010 were rocking Android, while RIM had 28 percent of the market and Apple's iPhone had 22 percent.  This marks the first time since Q4 2007 that RIM's BlackBerry hasn't been the biggest selling smartphone in the country.  The top five selling Android phones that helped the OS steal the crown?  The Motorola DROID, HTC DROID Incredible, HTC EVO 4G, HTC Hero, HTC DROID Eris.

Considering the wave of Android phones being released, it's not a surprise that the OS has taken the crown as the best selling platform in the country.  Now, it's up for speculation whether Android rising and RIM falling can be attributed to customers losing interest in BlackBerrys or if they are flocking to Android.  Perhaps it's a combination of the two.  One thing is for sure, though: Verizon has definitely helped spur Android's growth in the U.S.

The NPD Group: Motorola, HTC drive Android to Smartphone OS lead in the U.S.

Android now installed in one of every three smartphones sold at retail. BlackBerry OS share drops 9 points to 28 percent.

PORT WASHINGTON, NEW YORK, August 4, 2010 - Riding the wave of new handset introductions and wide carrier distribution in the second quarter (Q2), the Android smartphone operating system (OS) continued its upward climb in the U.S. consumer mobile phone market, according to The NPD Group, a leading market research company. For the first time since the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2007, RIM fell to second position, as Android took the lead among operating systems in handsets sold to U.S. consumers. NPD's latest wireless market research reveals that Android accounted for 33 percent of all smartphones purchased in Q2, ahead of RIM (28 percent) and Apple (22 percent).

"For the second consecutive quarter, Android handsets have shown strong but slowing sell-through market share gains among U.S. consumers," said Ross Rubin, executive director of industry analysis for NPD. "While the Google-developed OS took market share from RIM, Apple's iOS saw a small gain this quarter on the strength of the iPhone 4 launch."

Based on U.S. consumer purchases of mobile phones in Q2, the top 5 Android smartphones were as follows:

Motorola Droid
HTC Droid Incredible
HTC Hero
HTC Droid Eris

"Blackberry 6 will soon offer features that have been popular in recently launched Android handsets, such as support for capacitive touchscreens and a WebKit-based browser. However, the Blackberry Torch lacks the large screen allure that has characterized the best selling Android devices at its price point, including the Droid Incredible and EVO 4G," Rubin said.

Model selection and promotions continue to play a role in the race for carrier dominance. According to NPD's Mobile Phone Track, Verizon Wireless has maintained its lead among top carriers for the last three quarters comprising a third (33 percent) of the units sold in the U.S. mobile phone market in Q2, followed by AT&T (25 percent), Sprint (12 percent), and T-Mobile (11 percent). In Q2 Verizon Wireless continued their buy-one-get-one (BOGO) offers on all smartphones, including both RIM and Android models.

In spite of an overall decline in the number of mobile phones purchased year over year, the ongoing popularity of both messaging phones and smartphones, which are generally more costly than standard feature phones, resulted in slightly higher prices for all mobile phones in Q2. The average selling price for all mobile phones reached $90, which is a 3 percent increase since Q2 last year. Smartphone unit prices, by comparison, averaged $143 in Q2 2010, which is a 9 percent decrease over the previous year.

Data Note: The information in this press release is from Mobile Phone Track – NPD's consumer tracking of U.S. consumers, aged 18 and older, who reported purchasing a mobile phone. NPD does not track corporate/enterprise mobile phone purchases.

Via Engadget