Android Blows Past iPhone in U.S. Smart Phone Race, BlackBerry Next?

Talk about momentum. According to NPD, the Android OS skyrocketed in the first quarter to 28 percent market share to earn Google’s platform the No. 2 spot in the U.S. That leaves iPhone in the dust (at a relatively large but flat 21 percent). Now only RIM’s 36 percent share stands in Android’s way. And based on just how many compelling devices are coming out this summer, BlackBerry could take a back seat before the year is out.

Think about it: Evo 4G, myTouch3G Slide, Garminphone, Galaxy S, LG Ally, Droid Incredible. That’s a pretty strong stable of smart phones, one that RIM may not be able to beat back with upcoming handsets like the Pearl 3G and rumored Bold slider. Of course, the next-gen iPhone is just around the corner, too, but unless Verizon Wireless is getting it there may be no stopping that little green robot.

Check out the OS market share trending data below.

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  1. Steve W Says:

    I thought that the fourth quarter of 2009 was a record quarter for the iPhone. According to these figures, Android did much much better, as they managed to catch up. The first quarter of 2010 was also great for Apple, yet Google surged past.

    Sounds like a win-win situation for Apple and Google. The recession must be over.

  2. Ernie Says:

    What about Symbian? or Symbian = Other?

  3. HammerOfTruth Says:

    Sure, when you buy one Droid and get one free what do you expect? Verizon really wants the iPhone and Sprint, and T-mobile would like to keep their customers, so the Android platform is the way to go for them. The big issue is all these different flavors of Android and the incompatibility they have with each other. You have to make a program that works on all the different flavors and then you have to do your own marketing to make sure that Android users know about you and buy or download your app.

  4. Devin Says:

    If I am reading this correctly that means that the market share of the 3 versions of the Iphone is only slightly less then the market share of the approximately 50 Android phones?

  5. Pookie Says:

    Like every Verizon victim, I got tired of waiting for an iPhone and ordered an Incredible. Android will win this battle by default. Apple threw in the towel when they signed an exclusive deal with ATT.

  6. Scott Says:

    @Devin …yes, Yes! Devin!! It IS about the OS. No matter if there are 50 device iterations for the Android OS, it all sums up into one statement:

    iPhone killer!

    Face it. That is unless Jobs doesn’t allow a grudge to get in his way & bring the ubiquitous device to VZW. Otherwise, face the facts that “Android Rising” is the new cool in smartphones.

    (Even as a devotee, fanboy, et al. you can’t even use Jobs’ correct spelling?)

  7. barry Says:

    Android is rising because Verizon is giving away Android phones. The Droid is now 2 for 1. Same reason my wife and I have a Blackberry storm. I can’t wait till verizon gets the i-phone. Then it would be over for EVERY other platform.

  8. will Says:

    Just fyi, as a guy who works at verizon in pearl city, hawaii, when we sell our package deals (incredibles @ 2 for 1 ) and such, the 2nd phone only shows for an account tally, NOT for a sale tally. If these figures are showing sales only, then the droids are beating out the iphones.

  9. Strodtbeck Says:

    It’s just a numbers game. . . and when we look worldwide then the numbers are different. As Android gets some top notch phones on the big carriers that market them heavily there is little doubt that the numbers of Android phones will out-pace most anything else.

  10. slippy toad Says:

    This is interesting. I actually just posted to my profile about how android phones and iphones are competing for the same market

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