Give way, iPhones and BlackBerrys, smartphone customers in U.S. have voted with their wallets and picked Android as their favorite in the second quarter of this year according to NPD , a market research company. Earlier NPD survey has shown Android-based smart phones outselling the iPhone in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2010.
NPD concluding that 33 percent of phones sold during the period had Android on board, BlackBerrys accounted for 28% of the market and Apple’s iPhone occupied third spot with 22%. Blackberry has held the crown of most purchased smartphone OS in US since Q4 2007.
“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.”
“Blackberry 6 will soon offer features that have been popular in recently launched Android handsets, such as support for capacitive touchscreens and a WebKit-based browser. However, the Blackberry Torch lacks the large screen allure that has characterized the best selling Android devices at its price point, including the Droid Incredible and EVO 4G,” Rubin said.