Android Passes iPhone for the First Time

Take that iPhone. NPD Group’s latest survey estimates that Google’s Android-powered smartphones have slipped up into second place for the first quarter with 28%. Apple’s iPhone total iPhone is sitting in third place for the first quarter with 21%. The king is still RIM’s BlackBerry with a market of 36% amongst cell phones for the first quarter.
This is great news for Google and its partners who have continuously pushed out great phones, including the Nexus One, Droid, and the recent Droid Incredible (Verizon). Google can bask in the light of second place for now, but don’t count Apple down for the count just yet.
Android’s position could possibly be attributed to the fact that many customers are holding out on purchasing an iPhone, especially with the iPhone 4 ready to be released soon in Apple’s annual phone update. On the other hand, we shouldn’t be surprised that the iPhone hasn’t been able to rake in top dog, after all, there are only two models of the iPhone being sold, the 3G and 3GS and let’s be frank, I don’t think the iPhone 3G is really pushing the sales numbers for Apple. Compare that to the dozens of smartphones running Android and RIM always pushing out new versions of the Curve and Bold, it’s no surprise for sure.
Expect the release of iPhone 4 to shift the game in Apple’s favor, if the rumors of a front-facing video camera for video chat, longer battery, 5 megapixel camera, HD 720p recording and higher resolution screen are believed to be true.

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