Smartphone sales for the last six months revealed

Market share percentages for the last 6 months have been revealed showing Google Android capable phones have been outselling iPhones for the first time in the US, however these percentages do not include the millions of iPhone 4s sold in the past few weeks.

The data, recorded by the Nielsen Company, shows that Google Android phones have surpassed the iPhone in operating system share in the last quarter. With Android sales hovering around 27%, while iPhone fell to 23%, it is the first time that the Google OS phones have had a larger percentage of sales than the iPhone. Once again keeping mind that this doesn’t include the total sales of the iPhone 4, only the 1st week.

Sales for the last 6 months of this year can be seen below.

Android OS is still considered to be in its infancy when compared to both the iPhone and the Blackberry operating systems, as it is only in its second year on the market. With a worldwide sales growth of 886%, Android is undeniably seeing massive sales increases. This may be due to the 2.1 OS update that has become a very solid OS over the last year.

Motorola and HTC have both had an increase in revenue thanks to the Android OS, with Motorola going from a deficit to making a profit and HTC having a 66% increase in sales year-over-year for the month of June.

The iPhone 4 has the highest percentage of customers willing to remain using the iPhone when compared to both the Android OS and Blackberry OS. The iPhone has a 89% attach rate to the consumers using the product, in comparison to the Android's 71%. Both these percentages are far better than the Blackberry’s 42%. This data was also recorded by the Nielsen Company and is seen below in the graph.

The U.S. has largest user base of smartphones; with an estimated 14.7 million just purchased alone in the last quarter. Below is the total user base percentage for all the smartphone companies. You can see that the iPhone is increasing it’s total user base percentage whilst Blackberry is losing to both Android and iPhone.

For one reason or another, people seem to forget that Nokia dominates the phone market globally. In the second quarter of 2010, the Finnish phone developer sold an astounding 23.8 million handsets. Nokia saw a respectable 41% growth rate over the prior year’s second quarter sales.

As a whole, the smartphone market has now hit one quarter of all mobile devices sold. An increase of 9% since this time last year.

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News broke on Monday that Android smartphones are staring to kick the sh*t out of RIM and Apple with new buyers.
According to a Nielsen report, in 2010 Android-based phones accounted for 27% of the overall smartphone sales in the United States compared to iPhone sales that only accounted for 23%. And that includes the iPhone4's opening weekend sales of 1.7 million units.

More on this here via the TMV website: http://www.themusicvoid.com/2010/08/here-come-the-droids/

Well Microsoft is right where it wanted to end up...right at the bottom as far as Smartphone business. They should have never messed over the windows mobile customers who had 6.0 and 6.5. Window Phone 7 does not look promising enough to even catch them up to the top with Apple or let alone pass the Android. Microsoft has to accept the fact that they have lost their battle in the Smartphone business.

How much you want to bet you won't hear this from CNBC's Jim Goldman or CNBC itself, and other media outlets. They are all too much Apple slappy.

I think the worrying thing would be for Microsoft, not so much for the decline as thats to be expected, but from two of it's biggest suppliers getting more acquainted with Android and seeing solid sales from android, will HTC and others pick up Windows 7 phone? Time will tell.

REM2000 said,
I think the worrying thing would be for Microsoft, not so much for the decline as thats to be expected, but from two of it's biggest suppliers getting more acquainted with Android and seeing solid sales from android, will HTC and others pick up Windows 7 phone? Time will tell.

Your right HTC produces 70%+ of the Windows Mobile phones, most OEMs will probably release one or two handsets then scrap it after low sales.

Canalys' numbers are more accurate than Nielsen's, because they are for the last three months and include the iPhone 4.

According to Canalys, 2Q 2010 U.S. market share numbers are:

Android 34%
RIM 32.1%
Apple 21.7%

Worldwide numbers are:

Nokia 38%
RIM 18%
Android 17%
Apple 13%

Source: http://www.canalys.com/pr/2010/r2010081.html

At its current growth rate, which doesn't seem to be slowing, Android might even overtake Symbian (Nokia) within a year and take the number one spot worldwide.

It's "Windows vs. Macintosh" all over again, but this time Google is Apple's competitor. And we all know how the story ends.

Apple will be the highly profitable niche player, making boatloads of money with a very tiny market share.

drphysx said,
At its current growth rate, which doesn't seem to be slowing, Android might even overtake Symbian (Nokia) within a year and take the number one spot worldwide.

The number one spot in the SMARTphone market. I see very little chance for anyone to take the top spot from Nokia.

drphysx said,

It's "Windows vs. Macintosh" all over again, but this time Google is Apple's competitor. And we all know how the story ends.

That made 0 sense at all. I mean none. I think my IQ might have just -1

Nokia is still dominating because of work phones, and cheap PAYG phones.
Delivery drivers, plumbers, field technicians don't need iPhones or blackberries.
They also make the highest quality cheap PAYG phones, which appeal to the elderly, and kids.

rob.derosa said,
Iphone sales would be down given that the new version was about to be released.. surely?

That is what i am thinking, if this data included the iPhone 4 then the Android would have been destroyed in sales. The iPhone sold over 3 million....i think......in the US which is a heap of phones. The data probably includes the 1st week of sales of the iPhone 4 though.

rob.derosa said,
Iphone sales would be down given that the new version was about to be released.. surely?
If Apple has large enough spikes in purchasing for it to make that much of a difference, that doesn't sound very healthy.

Kirkburn said,
If Apple has large enough spikes in purchasing for it to make that much of a difference, that doesn't sound very healthy.

Well that's because they only have one phone. If they want to remain in the marketshare game they're going to have to bring out a cheaper phone eventually. But that's not Apple's style they'll always be a premium brand and most people just won't pay for that.

You are wrong.

Apple sold about 130,000 iPhone 4s per day over the last few weeks. At the same time, more than 160,000 Android phones were sold per day.

Android phones are outselling the iPhone 4. Including the iPhone 4 in that statistic wouldn't change that.

Kirkburn said,
If Apple has large enough spikes in purchasing for it to make that much of a difference, that doesn't sound very healthy.

I think you will see a spike with apple more than others as they have a fixed release date for their next version, many people will wait for the next revision.

Sitris said,

That is what i am thinking, if this data included the iPhone 4 then the Android would have been destroyed in sales. The iPhone sold over 3 million....i think......in the US which is a heap of phones. The data probably includes the 1st week of sales of the iPhone 4 though.

If you've read the article carefully enough, you'd have noticed that the sales of the iPhone 4 were NOT included, as the first paragraph says: "however these percentages do not include the millions of iPhone 4s sold in the past few weeks."..

Sitris said,

That is what i am thinking, if this data included the iPhone 4 then the Android would have been destroyed in sales. The iPhone sold over 3 million....i think......in the US which is a heap of phones. The data probably includes the 1st week of sales of the iPhone 4 though.

It goes up till June this year, so it will include iPhone 4 sales. The point you are missing is that the iPhone is still locked to one carrier, and with one hardware platform, Android devices are selling across a lot of hardware platforms, on a lot of carriers. The numbers add up

Subject Delta said,

It goes up till June this year, so it will include iPhone 4 sales. The point you are missing is that the iPhone is still locked to one carrier, and with one hardware platform, Android devices are selling across a lot of hardware platforms, on a lot of carriers. The numbers add up

Quite true... if you also see the other chart 21% of current Android users want an iPhone.
Apple is still the most wanted phone, and once AT&T's exclusivity contract expires sales will increase dramatically.
Apple really shot themselves in the foot when they signed that exclusivity agreement...

rob.derosa said,
Iphone sales would be down given that the new version was about to be released.. surely?

The iPhone is ONE phone. The other platforms have many phones. I always find it funny when apple says they've sold a few million of iphones in such a short time. In that same time, a lot more non-smartphone nokias have been sold too.

Julius Caro said,

The iPhone is ONE phone. The other platforms have many phones. I always find it funny when apple says they've sold a few million of iphones in such a short time. In that same time, a lot more non-smartphone nokias have been sold too.


Yes it's remarkable, knowing that that's only one phone and is being compared with the sale of hundreds of other phones from different carriers.

Euphoria said,

Quite true... if you also see the other chart 21% of current Android users want an iPhone.
Apple is still the most wanted phone, and once AT&T's exclusivity contract expires sales will increase dramatically.
Apple really shot themselves in the foot when they signed that exclusivity agreement...

Most wanted by kids or people who choose looks over function. It cracks me up watching people camp out for products and rushing to get the products that have the looks, but not functionality. Doesnt happen only with phones...cars, MP3 players, TVs...

I have a lenovo laptop. It is plain black, a little boxy, and doesnt look like much. People comment about it all the time saying its crap compared to their Mac or cooler looking laptop. They shut up soon after I show them what my equipment can do compared to theirs.

Function tops looks every time in my book.

EDIT: Rumors iPhone is coming to T-Mobile sometime soon. Not going to touch it. Also told my work if they switch out BBs for iPhones, I will toss the iPhone in the trash. BBs are WAY better suited for the business.

techbeck said,

Function tops looks every time in my book.

Function is a relative term... what's functional to you might not be functional to other people.
Also it's worth noting that HTC and Android had several revisions in just the last six months.. have you thought that some people like having one stable product for a year or two.

PS. I do agree that camping out, for any product what so ever, is stupid... but that's just me ....

Julius Caro said,

The iPhone is ONE phone. The other platforms have many phones. I always find it funny when apple says they've sold a few million of iphones in such a short time. In that same time, a lot more non-smartphone nokias have been sold too.

ONE phone doesnt matter. If the demand was there for the iPhone, then Apple would increase production. Also, when the iPhone becomes available on other carriers, the iPhone sales wont surge right away. People locked in to contracts or people waiting for their discounts wont rush out and buy one....of course some may.

Euphoria said,

Function is a relative term... what's functional to you might not be functional to other people.
Also it's worth noting that HTC and Android had several revisions in just the last six months.. have you thought that some people like having one stable product for a year or two.

PS. I do agree that camping out, for any product what so ever, is stupid... but that's just me ....

Who cares how many revisions it has had...doesnt mean the product isnt stable. Look at Firefox, MS products...they come out with updates all the time and they are stable as hell. I have had no problem with the Android OS.

Most people buying products do not look at what it can and cannot do. I ask people why they are buying what they are buying...more times that not, I get "because its cool" as a response. Function I guess is relative to uneducated people who dont know what the hell they are buying.

Not to mention people who have had a product for a long time and dont know how to do the simplest things on it. When I show them I hear "wow, I didnt know it could do that!".

techbeck said,

Who cares how many revisions it has had...doesnt mean the product isnt stable. Look at Firefox, MS products...they come out with updates all the time and they are stable as hell. I have had no problem with the Android OS.

Tell that to my friend with Nexus One who is ****ed off that Google discontinued it....


Most people buying products do not look at what it can and cannot do. I ask people why they are buying what they are buying...more times that not, I get "because its cool" as a response. Function I guess is relative to uneducated people who dont know what the hell they are buying.

Ok, and tell me what your Android can do that the iPhone or any other smart phone can not do?
It comes down to personal preference. While you root your Android and install apps you want to run, most people are happy with the apps that being offered on the iPhone without jailbreaking it... and then if they are not, they just jailbreak it.
I own Blackberry, but I've tryed the both the HTC Incredible and the iPhone 4, and I can say I prefer the iPhone 4. Higher resolution screen, snappier interface, video chat, better battery life.
I am still to try the Droid X, probably tonight... and see how it feels/works.

Euphoria said,

well that to my friend with Nexus One who is ****ed off that Google discontinued it....

Boohoo for your friend. Cannot expect Google to keep making a phone for life. Apple discontinued previous models of the iPhone and released models that did more, were fast...ect... Same is what Google is doing with the rumors of an N2. Even if there is no N2, then Google will be releasing other phones. Way of the world...


Ok, and tell me what your Android can do that the iPhone or any other smart phone can not do?
It comes down to personal preference. While you root your Android and install apps you want to run, most people are happy with the apps that being offered on the iPhone without jailbreaking it... and then if they are not, they just jailbreak it.
I own Blackberry, but I've tryed the both the HTC Incredible and the iPhone 4, and I can say I prefer the iPhone 4. Higher resolution screen, snappier interface, video chat, better battery life.
I am still to try the Droid X, probably tonight... and see how it feels/works.

Not going to get in to a big argument here...how flame wars starts, attracks tolling, and just makes everything go off topic. As for high resolution on such a small screen, who really cares. Like it makes that big of a difference...and if it does, I am sure future Androids will be as good or better. And better battery life is a thing of the past. Androids get the same battery life. Also, the X is a great phone and fast as hell.

EDIT: here is a comparison...

http://www.pcworld.com/zoom?id...44&page=1&zoomIdx=1

storage, HDMI, and the wifi hotspot is cool as hell...also better battery life on the X.

Edited by techbeck, Aug 3 2010, 2:01pm :

techbeck said,

Boohoo for your friend.

Very mature answer...

Not going to get in to a big argument here...how flame wars starts, attracks tolling, and just makes everything go off topic. As for high resolution on such a small screen, who really cares. Like it makes that big of a difference...and if it does, I am sure future Androids will be as good or better. And better battery life is a thing of the past. Androids get the same battery life. Also, the X is a great phone and fast as hell.

So again it comes down to personal preference, what is good for some people is not good enough for you or you might as well just wait it out on an Android platform.
What is really amazing about your comments is that you love calling people names just because they don't like your Android, and then anyone that disagrees with you... of-course, you accuse them of trolling....

Euphoria said,

Very mature answer...

Very mature for your friend to act about a phone. Again, boohoo.


So again it comes down to personal preference, what is good for some people is not good enough for you or you might as well just wait it out on an Android platform.
What is really amazing about your comments is that you love calling people names just because they don't like your Android, and then anyone that disagrees with you... of-course, you accuse them of trolling....

Who did I call a troll? I said I didnt want to discuss things in the topic to PREVENT trolling since that was these kind of arguments tend to attract. And I didnt call anyone a name. If you want to discuss anything more and can actually read and understand what I am typing, then PM me. I said what I wanted and am done here.

rakeshishere said,
I like Nokia very much but unfortunately it still doesn't have a decent smart phone (Good s/w and h/w) that I can think of buying

I'd say the Nokia N900 lives up to that.

rakeshishere said,
I like Nokia very much but unfortunately it still doesn't have a decent smart phone (Good s/w and h/w) that I can think of buying

I stopped using Nokia when I realized that an O2 smartphone has all the features that Nokia is artificially pacing in each new version of its phones.

You two forget that smartphones are a very small (for now) market and when it comes to ordinary phones NOKIA is like Mercedes regards quality. I have 6 of them and all work without a single glitch and the oldest is 12 years old!

Sasa_RI said,
You two forget that smartphones are a very small (for now) market and when it comes to ordinary phones NOKIA is like Mercedes regards quality. I have 6 of them and all work without a single glitch and the oldest is 12 years old!

I agree that history tells me that the Nokia phones can last many years (i have my dads old NOKIAs and i use them when my current E71 has errors). It is very true that the smartphone market is smaller than the standard phones, but it won't be that way for much longer, they will over take them sometime next year, or so say the predictions. It will be interesting to see NOKIA jump from the standard phones to the smartphones. It will be very interesting indeed.

Sitris said,

I agree that history tells me that the Nokia phones can last many years (i have my dads old NOKIAs and i use them when my current E71 has errors). It is very true that the smartphone market is smaller than the standard phones, but it won't be that way for much longer, they will over take them sometime next year, or so say the predictions. It will be interesting to see NOKIA jump from the standard phones to the smartphones. It will be very interesting indeed.

Yes,it will be interesting to see this "jump" but im not sure about those predictions or this data from Nielsen company. Maybe for USA they are true but for the rest of the world i think not. Hard to say. Well,time will tell :-)

Sitris said,

I agree that history tells me that the Nokia phones can last many years (i have my dads old NOKIAs and i use them when my current E71 has errors). It is very true that the smartphone market is smaller than the standard phones, but it won't be that way for much longer, they will over take them sometime next year, or so say the predictions. It will be interesting to see NOKIA jump from the standard phones to the smartphones. It will be very interesting indeed.

I don't think this jump wil happen sometime next year outside the US, in Brazil for instance, a subdized iphone cost around US$500 on a 300 minute plan (which costs around, which is around the monthly wage of most population around here. The big break will come when smartphones cost nearly the same as a standard phone.

I'm actually surprised that Nokia still dominates the rest of the world. I have seen many of my friends and relatives complain about some or the other issue with their handsets. Even if you search online, you will find a huge number of people facing problems with Nokia handsets.

The Guardian said,
I'm actually surprised that Nokia still dominates the rest of the world. I have seen many of my friends and relatives complain about some or the other issue with their handsets. Even if you search online, you will find a huge number of people facing problems with Nokia handsets.

I entirely agree, i have an E71 and it has errors all the time, i will not be getting a Nokia next time, i will be getting an iPhone or Android capable phone for sure.

The Guardian said,
I'm actually surprised that Nokia still dominates the rest of the world. I have seen many of my friends and relatives complain about some or the other issue with their handsets. Even if you search online, you will find a huge number of people facing problems with Nokia handsets.

This is because most people (in Australia at least) just get any random new phone for free with their 24 month contract, and don't really care what phone it is. Nokia just happens to make a vast quantity of phones in a wide array of price ranges.

Spik3balloon said,

This is because most people (in Australia at least) just get any random new phone for free with their 24 month contract, and don't really care what phone it is. Nokia just happens to make a vast quantity of phones in a wide array of price ranges.

Funnily enough that's how I got my E71, through a free deal (In Aus as well), and am kind off upset with the phone, freezes, runs out of memory and looses connection if i don't turn it off every day. Silly phone is silly.

The Guardian said,
I'm actually surprised that Nokia still dominates the rest of the world. I have seen many of my friends and relatives complain about some or the other issue with their handsets. Even if you search online, you will find a huge number of people facing problems with Nokia handsets.
They're the top seller, and to the "general" consumer too - that's going to get you issues no matter how good you are.

The Guardian said,
I'm actually surprised that Nokia still dominates the rest of the world. I have seen many of my friends and relatives complain about some or the other issue with their handsets. Even if you search online, you will find a huge number of people facing problems with Nokia handsets.

It is probably due to sales of their very cheap phones in developing nations. Where I live, we don't get free phones with our contracts and so everyone just buys the cheapest phone they can which is almost always a Nokia (I own a Nokia 1616 and that cost me about $33 usd). In fact, I can say with some confidence that almost everyone I know owns a Nokia except for a small fortunate handful who own iPhones or BlackBerrys.

The Guardian said,
I'm actually surprised that Nokia still dominates the rest of the world. I have seen many of my friends and relatives complain about some or the other issue with their handsets. Even if you search online, you will find a huge number of people facing problems with Nokia handsets.

Do note that most of your friends are techs....

I for one dont understand what issues people find with Nokia's phones. The N97 was a huge flop and Symbian in general is terrible (good ideas, bad OS) but Nokia's phones (PHONES) are great.