Aug 22 AT 6:37 PM Dustin Earley 14 Comments

NPD reports Q2 US market share gain for Android


The latest market share numbers from “leading market research company” NPD are in today, and just as you may expect, sales of Android devices are on the rise yet again.

While Apple still saw a slight gain in the second quarter (29%), Google came out on top with 52% of all units sold in the US running Android. Of course more gains for Android means more losses for someone else. BlackBerry sales are down to a mere 11%, Windows Mobile, Windows Phone and webOS are down to under 5% each.

Regarding the effect the Motorola acquisition is going to have on Android’s sales numbers, Ross Rubin, executive director of industry analysis for NPD, has said he doesn’t think sales will be damaged at all.

Google’s acquisition of Motorola shifts the balance of power in the handset-patent conflict between Google and its operating system competitors. Android’s momentum has made for a large pie that is attractive to Motorola’s Android rivals, even if they must compete with their operating system developer.Ross RubinNPD

In terms of numbers for individual Android manufacturers, Motorola saw a huge decrease in sales. Last year, Motorola was sitting comfortably at 44%. Now the company is moving roughly half the amount of handsets, with numbers coming in at around 22%. The big winners in the Android race were Samsung and LG. Both manufacturers saw a large increase in sales. Motorola has a chance to bring things back up though, especially since the company has started paying extra attention to the prepaid market. According to NPD, one in every five phones sold in Q2 were prepaid devices.

Source: BGR

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • The_Omega_Man

    Android FTW! If there really is such a thing!

    • Captain Tottenham, master of retarded riots

      Android For The Wankers!


    I was in tmo today for like an hr taking care of some issues.. Switched to the Value plan, aved 70 a month. nyway while i was there like 9 people walked out with new phones. I counted 6 Androids (4 sensations,a g2x, and 1 optimus) and 1 blackberry. Those numbers are just going to grow and grow

  • Captain Tottenham, master of retarded riots

    iOS is still light years ahead!
    HAHA suckers, Captain Tottenham uses his iPhone skillz to coordinate the riots!

    • teecruz

      Right? said the man who still lacks a Notification system.
      Oh wait, iOS 5 is on that right!? wonder where they got the idea. .

      • BrandonJD

        Pay no mind to the troll. Someone lame enough to go onto the site of the competition and lob lame insults has some serious insecurities about the products he defends.

  • teecruz

    Wow. get this troll out of here. what a dumbass. iOS fanboy on an Android site.
    I didn’t know iPhone users didn’t get any more insecure.

    FYI, both T-Mobile and Android kick your sorry little CrapPhone’s bitch AT&T :]

  • teecruz

    On another note: it’s exciting seeing Android succeed so well.
    Looks like we’re going to have a swell Q4 & 2012 :)

    Android, FTW!

  • Kevin

    Android up up and away!

  • BrandonJD

    I see android continuing its lead in marketshare. Google improves the platform at such a fast rate, that neither Microsoft nor Apple can match it. IOS get an update roughly once a year, where android updates at a breakneck pace.

    Also, capabilities of android phones can improve several dozen times before the next iPhone comes out each year. When the iPhone 4 came out, the best android phone was something like the EVO. Now there are phones that have HDMI out, dual core processors, 8mp cameras, among other features. The iphone 4 looks pedestrian by comparison. The only thing apple has on its side is marketing.

    • AndroidForever

      Don’t forget the brand, that seems to be the MAIN selling point, people care for the apple brand on the back over how the phone performs against the competition

  • uknowme

    That’s great news, but it also makes sense. I mean look at all that is possible with Android. When I show people what my phone can do they are amazed. The girlfriend hates my phone because I use it all the time. Then when she needs me to do something she’s all happy about what it can do. Like using the bubble level or compass. Long live Android!

  • tonya harding

    iPhone is much better

    • Kinchas

      According to 29% of buyers.