N.Y. – Smartphones running
Google’s (NASD: GOOG) Android operating system outsold Apple’s (NASD: AAPL) iPhone for the first time
during the first quarter of 2010, according to a report from market research
firm NPD Group.
Android-powered handsets accounted for 28% of all U.S. smartphone
sales in the first quarter, behind leader Research in Motion’s (NASD: RIMM) BlackBerry
(36%), but ahead of Apple’s iPhone (21%) for the first time.
Over a dozen
Android-powered smartphones are now on the market, to Apple’s solitary iPhone.
NPD said Verizon’s (NYSE: VZ) promotions have spurred sales of Droid and BlackBerry
smartphones, and helped the company compete with AT&T for market share.
AT&T led with 32% of all U.S.
smartphone sales in the first quarter, compared to the 30% sold by Verizon, 17%
by T-Mobile, and 15% by Sprint (NYSE: S).