After numerous reports that Android had surpassed the iPhone OS as the number two mobile phone operating system in the U.S market, Apple has fired back with comments to an Apple-centric blog denouncing the NPD numbers.
Whether or not this is a form of PR damage control by Apple, the rep does make a point in that the NPD numbers are based on filled-out online surveys.While this second-place hurdle is a big victory for our operating system, we have to keep in mind that this data has the potential to be wrong, or fluctuate come next survey time.
I’ve been very skeptical of the media frenzy over Apple’s supposed failings because in the long run, it doesn’t necessarily mean that much. Sure, it means that people are buying phones, but raw numbers alone aren’t going to bring in more customers (or developers, for that matter) unless it has the product has quality behind it to back it up.
However, this announcement might be the momentum that gets the snowball rolling when it comes to Android. With Google I/O coming just around the corner, there might be some big announcements on the horizon that will silence (at least some) of the critics.
“This is a very limited report on 150,000 US consumers responding to an online survey and does not account for the more than 85 million iPhone and iPod touch customers worldwide. IDC figures show that iPhone has 16.1 percent of the smartphone market and growing, far outselling Android on a worldwide basis.
We had a record quarter with iPhone sales growing by 131 percent and with our new iPhone OS 4.0 software coming this summer, we see no signs of the competition catching up anytime soon.”Natalie HarrisonApple spokesperson