GigaOm does a better job of breaking it down, but here's the meat and potatoes.
- Droid application downloads increased by 93 percent over previous Fridays in December.
- Droid accounted for 48 percent of download volume across the leading Android handsets (Droid, myTouch 3G, G1 and HTC Hero).
Initially the Droid was expected to sell 600,000 units in the 4th Quarter, but that figure has since been revised to 1,000,000 units. It is my belief that Motorola will surpass that total as well.
The question now remains, who will be the next "serious" contender to challenge the Droid for Android market share (and in turn, steal market share from other handsets)?
Our guess is that the next cell to move a significant amount of units will be the Nexus One, Google's first branded handset sold "exclusively" by them. They have full creative control over the phone and process and will utilize T-Mobile as the network carrier.
We do not believe that the Nexus One will pose a significant threat to the Droid for a number of reasons.
- The T-Mobile Network is not as large or as good as the Verizon Network
- Neither Google, HTC nor T-Mobile have spent a significant amount of marketing dollars on the promotional campaign as of yet
The phone hardware is very similar to the Droid with the largest exception being the lack of physical keyboard. However, the Nexus One is rumored to come in at a significantly cheaper price point and require no contract. That is a pretty big plus if you are looking to try one out without a long term commitment.
We will of course keep an eye on things and keep everyone updated, in the mean time for those of you who are interested in the Nexus One, be sure to check out our sister site: Nexus One Forum