Why the Nexus One Is Sucking Wind

Stacey Higginbotham writes an interesting post in Gigaom about the growing clash between Google’s Android and Apple’s iPhone. It has gotten particularly nasty as Apple filed a patent infringement suit against HTC (the maker of Google’s NexusOne phone). But what Higginbotham’s post is missing is that Google is trying to turn the cell phone market on its ear. They want consumers to buy the phone they want and then find a carrier. They have a powerful array of interests aligned against them – just look at the contrast between the Verizon (and Motorola) supported Droid which outsold the iPhone in the first 74 days, and the lackluster sales of the NexusOne with no carrier.

1 Response to “Why the Nexus One Is Sucking Wind”

  1. 1 bobbyjones April 5, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Android’s US Marketshare More Than Doubles In Just Three Months

    Google (NSDQ: GOOG) Android’s U.S. smartphone market share jumped by an impressive 5.2 points in the three months ended in February to 9 percent. Meanwhile, Apple’s iPhone share remained relatively flat, comScore finds.

    If those trends continue (and, that’s a big ‘if’), Google could catch-up to the iPhone by the end of the year. Still, BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion remains the pack leader with a dominating 42.1 percent share of the smartphone market.

    The big differentiator that Google has going for it is the number of handset makers that are pumping out Android phones. ComScore (NSDQ: SCOR) said the top handset makers in the U.S. are Motorola (NYSE: MOT) (22.3 percent); LG (SEO: 066570) (21.7 percent); Samsung (21.4 percent); Nokia (NYSE: NOK) (8.7 percent) and RIM (NSDQ: RIMM) (8.2 percent).

    Of those, the top three are all making handsets based on Android. It’s important to note that these figures are based on current ownership, and not sales, so likely there’s still a ton of Motorola Razrs out there skewing the figures.

    Also interestingly, Android and RIM were the only two handset makers to grow in the past three months. RIM grew by 1.3, and Android grew by 5.2 percent. Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) dropped the most, losing 4 percentage points and Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) lost 0.1 percent.

    Here’s the chart:

    1. RIM: 42.1 percent, up 1.3 percent
    2. Apple: 25.4 percent, down 0.1 percent
    3. Microsoft: 15.1 percent, down 4 percent
    4. Google: 9 percent, up 5.2 percent
    5. Palm (NSDQ: PALM) 5.4 percent, down 1.8 percent

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