Google phones overtake the iPhone

US market researchers: Google Android has overtaken iPhone

In the first quarter of 2010, more Google cell phones were sold than iPhones for the first time. The Blackberry email machine is still the undisputed leader in the US market.

Google's smartphone operating system Android has apparently displaced Apple's iPhone from second place in the US market. This is based on figures from the market research group NPD, which is based on more than 150,000 online surveys and only considers devices sold to consumers. The business customer segment is not covered by the surveys.

The undisputed leader in the US smartphone market in the first quarter of 2010 is still RIM's Blackberry with 36 percent. In second place are Google cell phones with 28 percent and Apple's iPhone in third place with 21 percent. Android recorded the greatest growth in the last quarter of 2009, when the market share rose from under five percent to around 20 percent and was thus roughly on par with Apple.

The sharp increase is probably due to Android box office hits like Motorola's Milestone and HTC's Hero. The Milestone (Droid in the USA) has already sold 250,000 units in the first week after its US launch. A new iPhone model is expected to be presented in the middle of the year, which could reorganize the power relations on the market.

(sg)