On the 22 of October in 2008, the HTC Dream launched on T-Mobile US as the G1. It was the original Google Android device. For the year that followed the release, no one would step up to offer T-Mobile any Android competition. That all changed on October 17, 2009–the original release date of the Motorola Droid. The device shaped what Android has become to this day. Once the original Droid was released, Verizon’s rise to the top in Android sales in the US was a quick one. By 2010, Big Red was dominating in a big way. And they still are.
According to a study conducted by Chitika Insights, Verizon still holds 41% of the total US carrier marketshare. Not only that, but the company also holds “four of the top five Android smartphones.” The Droid X, HTC Droid Incredible, Samsung Fascinate and Motorola Droid. It may not be this was forever, though.
When comparing the newest numbers with last years, Verizon’s share has declined and AT&T has taken up the slack. As AT&T is stuck with a mere ~9%, don’t count on them upending Verizon anytime soon. Ma Bell’s numbers are indeed on the rise, but it’s going to take a long time for them to catch up. Even if the AT&T and T-Mobile merger goes through, the new AT&T-Mobile would only be on equal footing with Sprint, who currently owns around 26%. This means the original Android carrier, T-Mobile, comes in with 16%.
The numbers are sure to change once the next Nexus and Galaxy S II phones are released. People tend to use big device releases to start switching providers. I’m sure the AT&T-Mobile merger will also have an effect on sales as consumers jump ship to cheaper companies.
So how about it? Who’s your carrier of choice? Plan on switching anytime soon?