Confirming earlier data, the NPD Group said today that Android is outselling the iPhone:
For the first time since the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2007, RIM fell to second position, as Android took the lead among operating systems in handsets sold to U.S. consumers. NPD’s latest wireless market research reveals that Android accounted for 33 percent of all smartphones purchased in Q2, ahead of RIM (28 percent) and Apple (22 percent).
Based on U.S. consumer purchases of mobile phones in Q2, the top 5 Android smartphones were as follows:
- Motorola Droid
- HTC Droid Incredible
- HTC EVO 4G
- HTC Hero
- HTC Droid Eris
Earlier Nielsen reported that in the first half of this year Android handsets had outsold Apple's iPhone. However, in the market as a whole the iPhone still has 2X share of the US smartphone market vs. Android devices.
That share probably goes up if all iOS devices (iPod Touch, iPad) are factored in.
If Android maintains sales momentum like this it will eventually (2011) capture market share and move into second position after RIM, which just introduced a new OS (6) and device (Torch) to blunt the rise of Android and the iPhone. It's not clear, however, it will succeed.