August 4, 2010

Android-Based Phones Top Selling In Second Quarter

Industry tracker NPD said on Wednesday that smartphones running Google's Android software were the top selling phones in the U.S. market during the second quarter.

Android accounted for a third of all smartphone sales during the April-June period, with Research in Motion's BlackBerry sliding down to second place.

BlackBerry fell down to 28 percent market share after dropping nine percentage points.  RIM unveiled a new touchscreen device on Tuesday as the company tries to reinvigorate its image with consumers.

Apple's iPhone landed third place with 22 percent share.

Android is available on smartphones from a number of different manufacturers.

NPD said that Motorola's Droid was the best-selling Android handset during the April-June period among U.S. consumers, followed by HTC's Droid Incredible and EVO 4G.

Google said that 160,000 Android phones were activated every day during the second quarter, which was up from 65,000 in the first.

Smartphone prices averaged $143 during the second quarter, which is down 9 percent a year ago.


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