As we reported last week, according to the NPD Group, Android was outselling iPhone in the US and was only behind RIM in smartphone sales for the first quarter of 2010. Apple disputes this claim and even offers up some global numbers to back up the notion that Android will not be overtaking the iPhone any time soon.
Apple does not usually comment on sales numbers but felt compelled when the NPD report hit last week. It would certainly make sense for them to comment however if the NPD report is inaccurate in any way. No mobile platform can certainly afford to lose any developer support at this point because of stiff competition all over the industry.
Apple spokesperson Natalie Harrison commented on the report: “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 any time soon.”
Although, it is certainly interesting to see Apple discuss the report, but even if true, it’s also hard to ignore how aggressively Verizon has been pushing their Android phones with prominent advertising and constant “Buy 1, Get 1″ deals.