NPD: Android Outselling iPhone

According to NPD, Google’s Android mobile operating system captured 28% of the US market while Apple’s iPhone OS took 21% in Q1’10. Research In Motion’s (RIM) BlackBerry OS maintained its top rank with 36%. First, this is limited to the US. Also, keep in mind that this information from NPD is based on self-reported online consumer surveys and is vastly different from the point-of-sale (POS) numbers that the company reports. I wouldn’t put too much credence into this data point. I would also like to know how many consumers responded to NPD’s survey. For a more accurate report I would wait until NPD publishes its POS report. via MediaMemo

PS: I wonder why even very smart guys like Harry McCracken automatically believe stuff that comes out of market research companies like NPD. Be stunned because I doubt Android phones are outselling iPhones. The simple reason being there are many more ordinary folks than geeks.

PPS: Ah, finally. The total number of self-reporting consumers to NPD’s survey… is… 150,000. When millions are being sold each quarter, the number of survey respondents points to a statistically insignificant finding. Source: Digital Daily