Apple doubts on report claiming Android sold more units
Apple has raise doubts over a recent report that claimed that the sales volume of Android based smartphones was higher than that of Apple’s iPhone in the first quarter of 2010.
The report prepared by NPD Group claimed that Android devices sold more and thus overtook Apple to the second position in the smartphones market in the US. The NPD Group conducted the study involving 450,000 customers. It collects and analyzes mobile device sales data on the basis of 150,000 online consumer research surveys every month.
The report says that the RIM continues to lead the market with its blackberry family of smartphones. Research in Motion enjoyed a share of 36 percent in the market. The smartphones based on android accounted for 28 percent of the total smartphones sold in the U. S in the first quarter. Google offers its Android software to other manufacturers unlike Apple. The platform is offered in more than 34 different devices from different vendors.
Apple is expected to have sold more than 51 million iPhones since the device was launched in 2007. The device is available exclusively on AT&T wireless network in the United States dropped to the third position with a share of
Apple spokesperson Natalie Harrison expressed that NPD group does not provide the complete picture as it replies on only 150,000 U. S. consumers and does not include 85 million iPhone and iPod touch customers around the world.
She also cited a recent IDC report that’s showed iPhone controlling 16 percent global market share only behind RIM and Nokia Oyj. She added that iPhone outsells Android on global basis.
Experts say why Apple is aassociating Global data with that of the US alone. Moreover, the survey asked what devices are already owned and iPod Touch is not a smartphone. They also point out that NDP did not base its conclusions only on the responses of 150,000 customers as it compile data from 150,000 responses monthly which brings the total for the quarter to 450,000.
NDP group as a policy does not respond to questions for clarifications. The sales of Android phones in the first quarter are as a result of a good media campaign carried out by the telecom service provider. Some offers like buy one and get another free is likely to have oushed the sales high.