The NPD Group has just released its Q1 2010 numbers and Android has slipped into the number 2 slot behind RIM and ahead of the iPhone. Based on strong sales of the Droid, Eris and Incredible from partners like Verizon Wireless, Google’s mobile OS claimed 28 percent of the market while RIM retained the crown with a 36 percent share. Apple’s iPhone claimed 21 percent of the market for the number 3 slot.
Wait. Android has a 28 percent market share? Didn’t comScore report a 9 percent market share for Android in Q1 of 2010? If it wasn’t the NPD reporting these numbers, I probably wouldn’t pay attention. It’s also worth noting that there’s been an influx of Android devices across all carriers in the last few months.
And the argument that consumers are holding out for the next generation iPhone is a bit of a stretch. There’s a small group of technophiles and fanboys that keep tabs on rumors surrounding Apple. The general public doesn’t care and they’re more concerned with snatching up an iPhone for $99 rather than $199.