NPD: iPhone Growth Slows Android, Smartphones Surpass Feature Phones

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The NPD, an independent group that gathers sales data on popular consumer electronics says that their latest numbers show that Apple’s share of US smartphones has jumped from 19 percent during the last quarter of 2010 to 28 percent in the first quarter of 2011. They say that this actually managed slow Android sales. Engadget says that the NPD reports Android sales accounted for 53 percent of smartphone sales for the forth quarter of 2010 and went down to 50 percent of smartphone sales. They also note that smartphones have for the first time surpassed feature phones in sales. This quarter, smartphones made up 54 percent of total cellular phone sales, just a little more than half.

They also add that the top five phones sold were all smartphones: iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, Droid X, Evo 4G and the Droid Incredible. It will be interesting to see how sales go if the iPhone expands to more carriers. The phone is popular, but the device was severely limited in the past by its lack of availability on carriers other than AT&T.

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