As part of their CTIA package, NPD group posted some positive numbers for Android and its vendors.
HTC's share of the US Market crossed 20% while BlackBerry and Apple slipped to 19%. Motorola(MMI) rounded out the top four at 16%. Samsung, LG, Nokia(NOK), HP/Palm (HPQ) and other vendors split the remaining 26% of the market.
While the majority of HTC's sales came from Google (GOOG) Android devices, they did debut some Microsoft (MSFT) Windows Phone 7 devices at the end of 2010, which may have put them over the top. Also, HTC likely sold some legacy older OS devices like Treos and Windows Mobile 6.5 phones.
Smartphones as a whole represented over half of the US phone market which is up from 31% in 2009. That half of the market pie translates to 73% of the revenue pie. The average selling price of a smartphone was $152/device which was flat year over year.
Apple still led the pack in specific device sales over 2010 with the iPhone 4 (16 and 32GB varieties combined) taking the top spot and its older iPhone 3GS taking #2. Full list of top 10 phones follows: More
According to NPD, a quarter of all smarphones are now four inches and above.
A report today from NPD shows that the face of the smartphone industry is changing, for the bigger. "The explosion in Web and video content available for smartphones has caused consumers to rethink their phones' sizes," said Ross Rubin, executive director of industry analysis for NPD. "Larger displays offer a richer media experience, as well as a MORESeth Weintraub - Mar 21, 2011 2:07 PM ET
HTC has jumped the gun in a pretty big way.
Android Central posts an HTC ad which appears in this month's Rolling Stone where HTC brags about being the first 4G phone on each of the four major US networks. The EVO and G2 have been out for months on Sprint and T-Mobile's '4G' networks. However, the Verizon (VZ) Thunderbolt looks like an unannounced phone that borrows heavily from the design MORESeth Weintraub - Jan 5, 2011 12:31 AM ET
Rumored for weeks, Sprint finally announced its newest Android flagship phone from HTC today.
Wirefly does a great overview of the EVO Shift here (I have yet to lay my hands on one):
For my money, I like the Samsung Epic 4G hardware better (once it gets its Android 2.2 update). The Sprint Epic 4G has a bigger five row keyboard (with hardware menu keys), bigger better screen and front facing camera and MORESeth Weintraub - Jan 4, 2011 2:40 PM ET
A look at Xtranormal, the company that makes those sardonic robot videos, and how they plan to be the Zynga of intentionally bad online animation.
By Chadwick Matlin, contributor
You've likely been sent an Xtranormal video by now. You know the one—it probably skewers your profession, government, or general outlook on life. They usually feature two 3-D characters—animals, robots, or people, usually—talking to one another in voices that sound like Stephen Hawking's. MOREDec 23, 2010 3:00 AM ET
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