Android smartphones continue to work their way to the top of sales charts, this time passing the Apple iPhone and claiming the number 2 position. According to the NPD Group, Apple's OS accounts for 21 percent, Android's OS account for 28 percent, and RIM's OS is still on top with 36 percent of the market share. The growth of Android is much attributed to Verizon and the recent promotions of the Motorola Droid and the HTC Eris.
As in the past, carrier distribution and promotion have played a crucial role in determining smartphone market share, said Ross Rubin, executive director of industry analysis for NPD. In order to compete with the iPhone, Verizon Wireless has expanded its buy-one-get-one offer beyond RIM devices to now include all of their smartphones.
Source: Android Shakes Up U.S. Smartphone Market | Business Wire