It's been a really good week for Google's Android team. First there were reports from both Nielsen and Canalys, which both touted Android's growth over rivals like iOS and BlackBerry. Then, carriers began rolling out Froyo to EVO 4G and DROID owners. Yesterday, Google CEO Eric Schmidt revealed that they're activating 200,000 Android phones per day, and now NPD is calling it the top-selling smartphone OS in the United States.
NPD yesterday announced in a press release that Motorola's DROID and a long list of HTC devices have driven Android to the top spot in the smartphone OS market, knocking Research In Motion's BlackBerry OS to second place. In fact, Q2 2010 represents the first quarter since Q4 2007 that BlackBerry wasn't on top in the U.S.
"For the second consecutive quarter, Android handsets have shown strong but slowing sell-through market share gains among U.S. consumers," said Ross Rubin, executive director of industry analysis for NPD. "While the Google-developed OS took market share from RIM, Apple's iOS saw a small gain this quarter on the strength of the iPhone 4 launch."
So RIM is suffering, but will things get better now that BlackBerry 6 and the Torch has been announced? Apparently not. Rubin says the Torch's 3.2-inch display is too small to compete with the larger screen devices (think the EVO 4G and Droid Incredible).
According to NPD, the best selling Android devices this quarter were:
- Motorola Droid
- HTC Droid Incredible
- HTC EVO 4G
- HTC Hero
- HTC Droid Eris