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Droid Does Better Market Share than iPhone
May 10, 2010
Thomas Mennecke
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Droid does a lot of things that the iPhone can't. You can change the sound your phone makes when you get an email, you can multitask, you can use alternative browsers - but this all comes at the expense of not being able to multitouch. This limitation doesn't seem to have much of an impact on the prospective smartphone buyer, as the NPD Group has found that the Droid OS has snagged the second place position from the iPhone.

That's big news. When the iPhone was first released, there really wasn't anything that could match its sophistication. Despite the massive limitations of the iPhone (no tethering, no multitasking, no removable battery, and a blurry camera), the available apps made up for most of this. Sure, you can't do many of the things a Droid does without jailbreaking, but as a portable Internet computer the iPhone was hard to beat.

The Droid platform has been offering stiff competition to the iPhone - especially when it comes to multitasking. How many times have you been on an iPhone, trying to browse the net and also trying to instant message your buddy on ICQ or AOL? Unless you've jailbroken your iPhone, this is impossible. Exiting your IM app means losing your connection and probably the conversation as well. Enough is enough it seems, as the Droid and all it does is slowly encroaching on the iPhone market. From the NPD group:

"The Android operating system (OS) continued to shake up the U.S. mobile phone market in the first quarter (Q1) of 2010, moving past Apple to take the number-two position among smartphone operating systems, according to The NPD Group, a leading market research company. NPD’s wireless market research reveals that based on unit sales to consumers last quarter the Android operating system moved into second position at 28 percent behind RIM’s OS (36 percent) and ahead of Apple’s OS (21 percent)."

There are a lot of indications, thanks to the leaked iPhone 4G, that many of the current ills that plague the iPhone will be corrected soon. We're hoping to see an iPhone with dual cameras (hopefully improved), a flash, multitasking, and basically everything else that a Droid can do and more. This lone study hardly spells the beginning of the end for Apple, but it's more of a wake up call to get its act together.

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