May 10, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
According to estimates of the NPD Group’s Mobile Phone Track, Android was the second-best-selling mobile phone in the first quarter of 2010. Android snagged 26 percent of new phone sales from January-March, behind Blackberry’s 36 percent but ahead of iPhone’s 21 percent.
I put allegedly in the title because this is an estimate from an analyst group rather than cold sales number. NPD culls this data from 150,000 completed online consumer research surveys each month instead of actual sales figures, which have shown that iPhone is still a huge seller. It also doesn’t take into account corporate phone sales, which leaves a sizeable portion of the smartphone public out of the equation. We’ve seen Android usage patterns climb, but it’s not yet official that Android has outpaced the iPhone OS. I doubt it will for the foreseeable future, especially once the fourth-gen iPhone is released.
Still, it’s very encouraging that Android has come far enough for this even to be debated. Better phones in the pipeline and increased notoriety may make this official.